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“Look out for each other, and be gentle with yourself.”
Mark Mewburn
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This week, St Patrick’s, Edmund Rice Education and the world lost one of our true gentlemen, Mr Mark Mewburn. We are deeply saddened by his loss, but grateful for the time we shared with him, and what we learned from him. Mark was a special person with a generous heart and a keen intellect. This week, as we reflect on Mark’s life, we also come together to celebrate the Induction of our Senior students as leaders of our community. These two events may seem incongruous at first, but I think there is something in this timing that can help us as a community.

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25)

Tomorrow, our Year 12 students will formally be inducted as Senior Leaders of our community. We mark this important occasion through the most appropriate means as a Catholic community, by celebrating Eucharist together. During our Mass, Fr Anthoni will read the above passage as part of the Gospel reading. It is a central tenet of our faith – serving the “least of these” as if they were Christ himself. Jesus tells us that these people are the most important.

This concept is reminiscent of the sentiment, attributed to leaders such as Gandhi and Churchill, that a society can only be judged by the way in which it treats its weakest members. This, for our Year 12 leaders, takes on extra significance in 2016. This year, they are called not just to lead, but to be servant leaders. Their important role is to be of service to all others within our community.

As they embark upon this important work, it seems appropriate this week to acknowledge that one of the greatest servant leaders with whom I have had the pleasure of working is Mr Mark Mewburn. At St Patrick’s, we ask our students to aspire to be Men of Action, defined by being Men of Faith, Men of Learning and Men of Humility. It is vital for boys to see role models as they try to work out what it means to be these things. Mark Mewburn was one such role model.

Mark was a Man of Faith. He had a faith in God and in the goodness of humanity.

Mark was a Man of Learning. He was intelligent and willing to take risks to learn new things and to grow as a human being.
Mark was a Man of Humility. He was a gentle presence, and always brought out the best in others.
Mark was certainly a Man of Action and a Servant Leader. He will be greatly
missed.


Mr Matt Hawkins - Dean of Identity