Melbourne News

Edmund Rice Education Australia deputy principals’ conference

Thursday 17 August 2017

Media and Communications Office

Over fifty Deputy Principals and Heads of Campus from Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition from across Australia and New Zealand have gathered in Geelong this week for their annual conference. The conference was hosted by St Joseph’s College, Geelong, and the theme for this year was ‘Liberating Education through Partnership and Innovation’.

Keynote speakers included Susan Pascoe, the Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and Fr Richard Leonard, Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting. Each of these speakers explored leadership in the context of faith based- schools and the treasures that a Catholic Identity can contribute to this leadership journey. The context of faith and religion in Australia today was examined, as well as the immense contribution of the Catholic Church to education, social welfare and volunteering.

Castlemaine: Our Lady’s parish, Our Lady’s priest

Monday 14 August 2017

Media and Communications Office

At the end of last year, a visitor to St Mary’s church in Castlemaine, in the goldfields region of central Victoria, approached parish priest Father Wahid Riad after Mass one Sunday.

‘Father,’ said the weekend tourist. ‘Do you always say a Hail Mary in the Mass?’

‘Sure do,’ replied Fr Riad.

‘Right, that’s it,’ effused the visitor. ‘I’m buying a house in Castlemaine.’

He did, and, to this day, is at every one of Fr Riad’s Sunday Masses.