On Wednesday November 14, 2012, the new Xavier College Trade Training Centre was blessed by Fr Greg Chambers, Salesian Provincial and officially opened by the Honourable Nick Champion, Federal Member for Wakefield. The invited guests, included Professor Denis Ralf, Chair of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools, Mr Michael Kenny, Assistant Director of Catholic Education SA and Mr Rob Thomas, Principal of St Patrick’s Technical College.
Skills for life and life changing skills
In the words of Fr Joseph Cong Thanh (Rector and Principal), the Don Bosco at Tetere in the Solomon Islands is more than a rural training centre.
“The 120 young men and women enrolled in courses learn skills for life as well as how to change their lives,” Fr Joseph said. “It is our aim to provide them with the opportunity, through their training, to learn and develop themselves intellectually, spirituality and physically – to give up bad habits and become better human beings. “We are blessed that this work has been generously supported by an Australian Rotary Club,” he added.
Br Henry van der Laan passed away peacefully at John Paul II village, in Engadine, NSW, on 30th December 2012. Br Henry had been a Salesian for nearly sixty years. He particularly worked for the welfare of the students at the Boys’ Town in Engadine for 33 years. He was a selfless religious for the poor abandoned youth.
The Cagliero Project office in January was full of excitement as we were preparing to send four new volunteers overseas to work for young people. The formation retreat in January at Lysterfield brought together volunteers from previous years and a wide group of guest speakers, whose presentations were extremely inspiring.
A Reflection for May
The earliest memories of childhood linger with us; the passing years both enrich and endear them. Somewhere back in the dawning of my conscious experience is a picture of a church in the evening with lights streaming out through the windows and people singing inside. My folk delighted in telling me that for days I went around saying “ Snail our life and sweetness” Later on of course, I came to the realization that it was Benediction and the words were actually “ Hail Our life and sweetness” from the great prayer “Hail Holy Queen”.
So we have started another New Year. A few moment’s reflection on time, and its correct use, might lead to a good New Year’s resolution.
Time is a gift. We are creatures of time, and since the ticking clock governs our daily round, we are fascinated with it. How often in literature the passage of time is likened to a flowing river.
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