Posted by The Record
on 27 January 2020
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB led more than 5500 flock during the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival Closing Mass at Trinity College on 10 December with a new pastoral staff in hand.
Two La Salle College students created the handcrafted crosier under the tutelage of Design and Technology Teacher John Velardo and gifted the hook to His Grace last month within the Office of the Archbishop, Griver House.
Adrian Martino, La Salle College Vice Principal and Christian Ministry, attended the crosier presentation along with Mr Velardo and then-Year 10 pupils Brendan Taylor and Benjamin Sorgiovanni.
The metalwork students were tasked with assembling the shepherd's crook and the joiners of the Archbishop's new crosier by using their skills to turn, braze, weld, hot bend and polish the steel components that were then nickel-plated.
Upon receiving the crosier on 5 December, Archbishop Costelloe expressed his delight in receiving the "one-off" piece.
"It is way beyond what I was expecting," he said with gratitude.
Whilst presenting the Archbishop of Perth with his personalised crosier, Mr Velardo explained how all processes were executed in-house using the school's facilities and the expertise of the Design and Technology staff to guide the students and the design.
"The timber used for both the crosier and the carry case was milled from a fallen white gum," he described.
"This white gum fell from a combination of erosion from Blackadder Creek that borders the college grounds and a severe storm a number of years ago and was left to the elements."
(Source: Matthew Lau)