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Sacred Heart College Geelong Celebrates 160 Years

Plaques commemorating the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy 160 years ago


Sacred Heart College Geelong had a wonderful schedule of events planned for 2020 to celebrate 160 years of Mercy education. While the onset of COVID-19 has meant the celebrations have been put on hold, a spirit of remembering and giving thanks has continued with Mercy values at the forefront. Anna Negro, Principal, writes about this important milestone below.

The Sisters of Mercy have given us a great example of faith, courage, wisdom and hope.

Let us pray that we too will be people who continue to live out these values in this uncertain time.

We give thanks for the vision of Mercy which Catherine McAuley passed down to us and for the charism and work of the Sisters of Mercy. During this pandemic may we all continue to show concern for the poor, live in peace and be voices for justice.

We pray for the vision, wisdom, fortitude ad faith of Mother Xavier Maguire, Mother Gabriel Sherlock, Mother Regis Manly, Mother Margaret Mulally, Sister Rose Lynch and Sister Aloysius Ryan, the founding Sisters of Sacred Heart College. May we continue to build on their legacy showing Mercy to all in our community and beyond.

We give thanks for 160 years of Mercy education at Sacred Heart College. We pray for the thousands of young women who have graduated and for those yet to come. May the light of Christ’s compassion and mercy fill the hearts of all who pass through this place and may they share the light of Christ in their own communities where ever that may be in the world.

We pray for the staff, students and all members of the Sacred Heart Community, that we may all remain faithful to the Mercy tradition especially in this time of challenge. May the bonds of our community be strengthened and may our capacity for Mercy be multiplied.

Today we celebrate the dreamers from our Mercy story: Catherine McAuley, Xavier Maguire and countless Sisters of Mercy who for the past 160 years have influenced education, health and child and family care in Geelong.

We join our dreams to their vision.

Anna Negro, Principal


Click on the arrow below to watch a short video in which Anna Negro elaborates further on the milestone being celebrated and how the college is responding to families facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 circumstances and more.


SHC DISCOVERY DAY ONLINE // Welcome to our second episode in our 'Discovering SHC' series. In this episode, we hear from Principal, Anna Negro on what it means to be a Sacred Heart College student, what milestone the College is currently celebrating, information for families facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 circumstances and more. We hope you enjoy this new episode. The next in the series will provide an overview of life as a Year 7 student, including our transition program, camps and excursions. Should you have any enrolment enquiries, we welcome questions via the form at the below link or please contact College Registrar, Judy Smith on SHC Discovery Day 2020 Online:

Posted by Sacred Heart College Geelong on Friday, 1 May 2020

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