St Brigid’s College Celebrates 90 Years
A crowd of over 1100 joined St Brigid’s College Lesmurdie on Sunday March 31 in celebrating 90 years of Mercy Education in the Hills with a beautiful Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by College Chaplain, Fr Michael McMahon.
Special Guests included Sr Caroline Ryan RSM, Institute Vicar ISMAPNG, Dr Debra Sayce Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia, Mercy Education Board Director Mary Retel, current and former members of the College’s Advisory Council, Scholarship Donors, former and current students, parents, staff members and ‘Friends of St Brigid’s’.
Whilst the day was very much a celebration of 90 years of Catholic education, it was also a celebration of the College’s Mercy tradition and the legacy left by foundress Catherine McAuley and the brave women who left West Perth for the Hills 90 years ago.
Sr Joan Buckham RSM, Chair of the College’s Advisory Council and representing the Mercy Sisters, in the homily shared her reflections:
“The Sisters are no longer a daily presence in the College but all who work here definitely carry the spirit of Mercy in their hearts and minds. They believe what Catherine said about women’s example and advice always having an influence, and those Principals who have led the College since the Sisters handed over the leadership to Mrs Mary Retel, Dr Amelia Toffoli and now Mrs Carmen Cox are committed to Mercy. Today is the day we give thanks for each of you. Your contribution to the life and spirit of St Brigid’s is what has made it what it is. The Sisters of Mercy are grateful and proud of all that has been achieved, and never for one minute, do we forget that it was the wonderful spirit of those first Sisters and the many that followed, the students, families, staff and all connected with the College that has brought us to this day. It is also the Spirit of the God of Mercy and Catherine McAuley hovering over the place at all times.
Let us pray that the motto of the College will always remain in our hearts and minds. Virtue alone enobles.”
Two celebratory cakes, each depicting the College in 1929 and the present, were cut by Old Girls from the Leaving Classes of 1941 and 1945 and three of the youngest boys and girls from the College’s Kindergarten class.
“The day was a wonderful 90th birthday celebration and to have so many college and community members to share in the festivities was indeed memorable and special” said Carmen Cox, the College’s Principal.