Laying strong foundations at Emmaus College
Emmaus College, Kemps Creek recently celebrated 23 years of faith and learning with a Foundation Day mass at the college on Tuesday 27 April.
The mass was celebrated by parish priest Fr Brian Fitzpatrick OSA in the Sr Patricia Tully Centre. Residents from the nearby Emmaus Retirement Village joined staff and students of the college.
The name of the school and its motto, ‘We walk with Jesus’ come from the gospel account of the two travellers on the road to the village of Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). The running theme of unity was clearly expressed in the entrance hymn ‘Together we’ll make the difference’.
The college leaders, Matthew Fanning and Kate Moodley, played an active role in the mass, leading the entrance procession, carrying the special Emmaus story book and reading the readings.
Michael Landrigan, director of mission (RE coordinator) at the college welcomed everyone.
Michael, who joined the Emmaus community this year, said he was very impressed with the way the students respectfully engaged in the Foundation Day mass.
‘It was a special celebration as the whole school community joined to celebrate not only our Foundation Day but also to celebrate our Catholic heritage and traditions,’ said Michael. ‘Everyone was involved together in the celebrations whether it be singing, the processions or music and it showed a great sense of the sacred. It was a celebration of faith made visible in a dynamic expression of unity.’
Emmaus Catholic College was established in 1988 in collaboration with the parishes of Holy Spirit, St Clair and Our Lady of the Rosary, St Marys. The foundation principal, a member of the Mercy order, established the Mercy charism within the college which continues to inform the practices of the school.
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