Induction and Commissioning Mass for Marcellin College, Bulleen, celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Tuesday 13 February 2018

My dear young friends,

I am honoured to join your Principal, the staff and students of Marcellin College, as we begin another year at school dedicating our life and work to God because he is the author of all gifts.

A Catholic education is the realisation that every human person is unique, that we have gifts and abilities, challenges that we face, but while we are diverse and unique we are of infinite value before God and before people.

Catholic education therefore is learning of our gifts and giftedness before God, sharing that with others and growing in knowledge, love and service.

Your College from the newest pupils coming in at the beginning to the experienced men in Year 12 is an important place of growth. The subjects you learn in a wide and diverse curriculum, the addition of sport, music, drama and other activities, all help to broaden our knowledge of yourself and your abilities so that you will be able to bring those abilities to bear in the life that you lead now and in the future. You will be able to learn from the gifts that others have and to appreciate them. Formal studies; maths, English, science, computers, history, art, music, drama and all that goes to make our school day is an engagement between you as inquiring young people and your gifted teachers, whom I compliment and encourage to work with you.

What I do commend to you today is that you will appreciate that we are all different, learn that your gifts can be developed and place those gifts at the service of the knowledge you will acquire through study and dialogue and of what you can be and do for others.

The environment in your College, the relationships between teachers and pupils and among each group, is influenced tremendously by what you bring and can give.

My suggestion to you is that every one of us thinks how we can make a difference, how we can use our gifts, our interests, our talents, how we can share them with others and learn from those who are more gifted because the great saint, Saint Irenaeus, said: “The glory of God is human beings fully alive.” Your patron, Saint Marcellin Champagnat, was a great teacher and scholar and we are committed to learning, to development, to love and to service.

Your love, of course, is shown in the invitation of Jesus: “Love one another, as I have loved you”, pointing out to us that we do not live on our own, but it is in relating to and respecting and enriching others that we come to our full capacity.

Service; do we think of everything we do as enriching our self or do we see that we can serve and use our gifts to build up the community and thereby grow in unbelievable ways that we had not imagined?

My prayer for all of you tonight is that through learning, giftedness, love and service your College will grow immeasurably this year.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat, pray for us.

+ Denis J. Hart,
Archbishop of Melbourne.

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