College Theme

Our College Theme for 2017
“Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy"

 

 Our College Theme for 2017 “Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy” is inspired by the Holy Year of Youth. At World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’.

‘My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, he is the Lord of the eternal “more”. Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy. To take the path of “craziness” of our God, who teaches us to encounter him in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the friend in trouble, the prisoner, the refugee and the migrant, and our neighbour who feel abandoned. To take the path of our God, who encourages us to be politicians, thinkers, social activists.” Pope Francis, World Youth Day Vigil with Young People, July 30 2016

These words challenge us to welcome new opportunities for sharing the joy and hope of the Risen Christ. As staff who work so closely with young people, let us inspire their dreams for the future, just as Jesus had dreams for the future of our youth. Let us accompany our students as they discern the path that God has for them.

As we commence this new academic year, let us pray the Year of Youth Prayer:

Come Holy Spirit of this Great Southland
Inspire our entire faith community,
As we prayerfully discern new horizons for spreading joy
in the lives and communities of the People of God.

Come Holy Spirit of Youth
Fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth.
Guide us together, as we strive to offer God’s mercy
to those who feel abandoned or outcast.

Come Holy Spirit of Faith
Empower our community to be courageous.
Unite your people as witnesses of love.
Walk with us, as we blaze new trails of discipleship,
Accompanying young people as we renew the Church together.

Come Holy Spirit of Vocation
Stir within young people an awareness of God’s call.
Reveal to us the graces of young people.
Guide us all, in finding our place and raising our voices
To build a civilization of love.

Amen

Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, friend of the young, pray for us.