Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

Fr Dan: A long life journey completed

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Daniel James O’Sullivan Born July 1918 at Durras, County Cork, Ireland In Bairnsdale, Victoria, on 30 August 2014, a long life journey ended for a much loved and colourful confrere of the Australia-Pacific province and its oldest member. Over a life span of 96 years it was indeed a long road travelled by Fr Daniel James O’Sullivan. That road stretched from Durras, a suburb of the Irish city of Cork, to Bairnsdale.
On a sunny spring day in Adelaide, there was a celebration of the sixty years of St.John Bosco School, Brooklyn Park, South Australia, on 21 September. The school was founded by the Salesian Sisters as their first work in Australia, and staff by the sisters for most of its life. The current leadership team consists of the principal is Mr Paul Murphy, deputy principal Mrs Mia Harms, and R.E. Coordinator Mrs Catherine Birchmore.
Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

Dedication of Xavier College’s New Chapel

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The new chapel with its magnificent lead-light window that forms the entire backdrop to the sanctuary. It depicts the gathering of community around Jesus. The new Xavier College chapel was dedicated by Archbishop Philip Wilson on Tuesday, 16 September. The chapel takes pride of place in the centre of the College overlooking the central Bosco lawns. The chapel has the capacity to seat 80 to 100 and key features include the magnificent lead-light window that forms the entire backdrop to the sanctuary. It depicts the gathering of community around Jesus.
There is a great deal to suggest that the world is becoming more violent. Statistics of crimes of violence are soaring. Terrorism has become an everyday instrument of political action. Nightly our mass media carry reports of atrocities in the Middle East, the summary executions of captured soldiers, the heartless bombing of hospitals, schools and family homes and the recent shooting down of a commercial airliner with great loss of life. Prominent among the victims are, of course, children and the defenceless. “Homo homini lupus, Man is a wolf to man” was a popular Roman proverb attributed to Plautus. Yet still so many talk of peace and I often wonder what  it is that they mean by the word ‘peace’. Like other often-used words, such as ‘truth’, ‘justice’ or ‘love’, peace is a word which has many and varied meanings according to personal experiences.
Remembering with gratitude those who lit the torch so that we can follow in the light. The Salesian Sisters of the South Pacific Region (SPR) celebrate 60 years of their presence and work among the young, in November, thanks to the daring and pioneering spirit of four FMA who came to Australia in 1954and took on the administration of St John Bosco primary school in Brooklyn Park, Adelaide, South Australia. Extract from the letter of our four pioneers to Fr John J. Ryan announcing their arrival in Adelaide, South Australia, dated 16 October 1954.
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