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In 2016, Lavalla Catholic College has had the privilege of Celebrating 60 Years of Marist Education in partnership with Brigidine & Presentation Sisters. We have marked the occasion in many ways throughout the year, such as:
On Friday 9th of September, we celebrated a Mass to commemorate 60 Years of Marist Education in partnership with Brigidine and Presentation Sisters.
Below is an edited version of Mr John Freeman, Principal of Lavalla Catholic College’s welcome address.
‘We gather at today’s Mass to celebrate 60 Years of Marist Education in partnership with the Brigidine and Presentation Sisters. This is a time to remember and thank all of who have contributed over the years to all the schools that have contributed to our story.
The constant throughout this time has been a Marist spirituality, first with the Marist Fathers and then the Marist Brothers, but Catholic Secondary Education in the Latrobe Valley has been greatly enriched by the Brigidine Sisters at Kildare College and the Presentation Sisters at Presentation College.
In brief over the last 60 years we have seen five identifiable schools and four Charisms move together to become Lavalla Catholic College, a school now governed by the Marist Brothers.
St Paul’s College
Marist Fathers from 1956 to 1961, then Marist Brothers from 1962 until 1988.
Brigidine Sisters from 1958 to 1988.
Presentation Sisters from 1951 – Starting at St Kieran’s Primary – with Presentation College beginning in August 1955 to 2001.
In the care of the Marist Brothers and Brigidine Sisters, 1979 to 1988.
Catholic Regional College
Marist Brothers, 1989 to 2001
Lavalla Catholic College
Marist Brothers, 2002 to present.
We welcome all of you who have gathered here this morning. To mark this special occasion and we have invited some important guests and friends and we extend a warm welcome to them.
We also received apologies from the following people:
Also joining us today are a number of past students, including those who were here on our first day, school captains from a number of the schools in our history, former staff and past parents. You are all very welcome and we all are graced by your presence.
Whilst it is very good to acknowledge those who have made significant contributions in our past and to remember our history, as this informs us about who we are today – because we are today the sum of all the stories of our past. It is also important that we, who are here today – the current students, staff and parents – appreciate that we are right now creating new stories, that will enrich Lavalla Catholic College for others to benefit from in the future.
Hence it is good for us all to gather today around the table.’
Below, you can read Bishop Patrick O’Regan’s Homily and the Commemorative Addresses that were presented at the Mass: