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Strong ecumenical spirit on Founder's Day at Casimir College

Posted on 18 June 2016
Strong ecumenical spirit on Founder's Day at Casimir College

Priests from the Greek Orthodox parish of St Nicholas in Marrickville have joined in a blessing with Catholic clergy from St Brigid's Church to mark Founder's Day at Casimir College.

The coeducational Lasallian school is marked by its rich cultural diversity with large numbers of Greek-Australian students enrolled at the college.

The annual Founder's Day mass is an opportunity for the school to honour its three charisms; the De La Salle Brothers, the Passionist Fathers and the Good Samaritan Sisters.

All three religious orders have made a significant contribution to Catholic education in Marrickville as far back as 1887, with the De La Salle Brothers establishing an all boys school in 1932.

Casimir College was founded in 1985 by bringing together De La Salle College Marrickville with an all girls school run by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, St Brigid's College.

Representatives from the three charisms were present at the Founder's Day mass which was concelebrated by the Parish Priest of St Brigid's, Fr John Pearce and Fr Tim O'Toole.

Framed pictures were also placed on the altar at St Brigid's to honour the three founders; St John Baptist de la Salle for the De La Salle Brothers, St Paul of the Cross for the Passionists and the former Archbishop of Sydney, John Bede Polding for the Good Samaritan Sisters.

The Prayers of the Faithful were read by students in a number of community languages represented at the college, including in Greek, Vietnamese, Italian and Portuguese.

In an address at the conclusion of the mass, Principal Mr Daniel McInerney paid tribute to the religious orders who built up a strong legacy which continues to inspire current generations of staff and students.

"Whilst the De La Salle Brothers and the Good Samaritan Sisters are no longer on our staff, we must keep the message and hopes of these founding charisms alive", he told the college community.

"We are called to do the work of the founding priests, sisters and brothers in our global world and I truly believe that the brothers and sisters who started our school, our founders, would be proud of what they would witness today".

As part of their fundraising efforts for Founder's Day, students this year have been assisting Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity Teachers' Colleges in Papua New Guinea and La Salle High School in Faisalabad.

The Pakistan school serves students from poor communities with many parents struggling to cover the cost of tuition fees.

The new Twinning project with Casimir College will help cover the costs of upgrading buildings, replacing old furniture and vital maintenance work in an area hit by frequent power cuts .

The two teachers colleges in Papua New Guinea do admirable work with limited resources and need more support to continue training future generations of primary and secondary teachers.

As a multi-charism school, Casimir students have also joined in fundraising on Founder's Day for the Passionist Fathers in Vietnam and the Good Samaritan Sisters in Kiribati.

The rich multi-charism heritage of Casimir College has been nurtured thanks to the strong efforts of Religious Education Coordinator Mrs Joanne McGrath who will be retiring at the end of 2016 after 18 years of dedicated service to the school, including 13 years in her current role.

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