Archbishop Patrick O’Regan conducted the blessing which was also attended by the Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall. Nazareth College captains Gabriella Burgess and Dut Tong and student leader Chantelle Falanga addressed those in attendance and shared their aspirations as young adults for whom the space was designed.
The centre, a six-minute walk across the river from the school’s Flinders Park Campus, provides general learning spaces as well as specialised spaces for visual arts, sciences and student collaboration.
Students at Nazareth were involved in the naming of the centre. An excerpt of their rationale is: ‘The patron saint of messengers, Gabriel brought good news to many, and each message he delivered symbolised a new era. St Gabriel’s messages were listened to, and therefore the centre will symbolise Nazareth’s commitment to listening to and accepting the voices of young people. Like St Gabriel, may they continue to bring good news, share hope and instigate change for the world that God desires.’
“As Catholic educators, we instinctively know that the success of our community is not judged by the quality of the facilities, however impressive they may be, rather by the quality of the relationships that exist within them,” said Andrew Baker, college principal.
“Our students are amazing young people with generous hearts and warm personalities, and are a delight to be with each day. I thank our students for who they are and wish them every blessing as they continue their journey to be people of faith and meaningful contributors to a better society.”
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