Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, for the 125th Anniversary of Assumption College, Kilmore
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dear young friends,
I come with great esteem to honour the 125 years of Assumption College, Kilmore, joining in esteem with the Marist Brothers, lay teachers, past and present pupils, friends and families of the College, young men and women.
Assumption has provided a remarkable education to young people, men and women from all over Victoria, in the wonderful, welcoming Marist tradition of service and generosity. With the openness of Mary, the Mother of God, to Jesus her Son, we come to thank our God, the giver of all gifts, for the history of our College and our contribution to it now and in the future.
“I am the handmaid of the Lord;
let what you have said be done to me.”
Today we honour with love Mary, the Mother of God, who was taken directly body and soul into heaven and remains in heaven praying for us, the young men and women of Assumption, in 2018.
Your motto “Quae Supra Quaere” – Seek the things that are above – reminds us that our vision is always of what we can become, of the hope and possibilities of the future and of our eternal destiny with Mary, who prays for us in heaven.
Your College has a remarkable breadth of curriculum, of ways in which young people can develop their talents and place them at the service of the community.
I was fortunate enough for primary and early secondary education to go to the Marist Brothers’ school that was in Hawthorn. I admired the Marist sense of participation, what we were encouraged to do and how our gifts were developed. The Brothers were energetic and gifted leaders who prepared us well for life.
All of us here at Assumption are encouraged to be present to each other in a simple family spirit. This means that in a family we are accepted as we are. We enter generously into the work of our College as Mary gave herself to serve the Lord and others. In a secondary College this means the interaction between teachers and students.
It means the remarkable awareness of the gifts that God has given to each of us, which are unique but which are so greatly varied. To see the gifts of others, not in envy and jealousy, but rather to see what they can do so that we will become more aware of own talents; those which come easily and those which require an amount of work before we can be fulfilled.
I think a very fitting goal for your 125 years is to look back on the thousands who have been part of Assumption, encouraged by the Brothers and teachers, and now to know that we are carrying that vision forward; of love and integrity, of service of each other, and thereby growing as Mary did, to embrace the greatness that was given her.
She was the Mother of God. We are invited to be young men and women, who give life and joy and peace, truth and integrity to our colleagues at school, but in a way where we are known, loved and accepted as we are.
I do congratulate the Marist Brothers and say how strongly I admire the leadership of the Brothers over all these years, as well as the gifted lay leaders, women and men, who are working with you at this time.
May their leadership be one which comforts, challenges and inspires and which supports us in our moments of difficulty, so that together from the strongest and most gifted young person to the most uncertain and hesitant, we will all find a home at Assumption in which we can grow and develop in awareness of the gifts that we have been given, accepted as we are and with Mary’s humble acceptance of the mission God has given to each of us, in the knowledge that we can be fulfilled and that we can make our contribution because the Almighty has done great things for us, as he did for Mary, and holy is his name.
+ Denis J. Hart,
Archbishop of Melbourne.