You may have seen in the news over the last few days that Pope Francis has been in Poland for World Youth Day. He made an incredibly moving visit to the Auschwitz-Birchenau memorial and then led a series of enormous events with young people.

Among his many remarks, he offered the young people of our world a potent challenge -

"He demands of us real courage: the courage to be more powerful than evil by loving everyone, even our enemies…People may laugh at you because you believe in the gentle and unassuming power of mercy. But do not be afraid. People may judge you to be dreamers, because you believe in a new humanity, one that rejects hatred between peoples, one that refuses to see borders as barriers and can cherish its own traditions without being self-centered or small-minded…Don’t be discouraged!” he exhorted. "With a smile and open arms, you proclaim hope and you are a blessing for our one human family!"

I find the Pope’s words incredibly moving - they remind me of what we are hoping to do through the project of Edmund Rice Education – to break down barriers that divide people; renew dignity for people who have been marginalised and ultimately sow hope that will nourish life for all members of our community.

This week in the Identity space here at St. Patrick's College:

  • we continue the work of the Paddies' Van
  • our young men preparing for Immersions in Timor Leste and India continue their formation processes
  • the ERA for Change young men will be attending a full day meeting with ERA for Change groups from around Brisbane
  • we proceed with preparing for our Welcome Dinner for newly arrived Australians next week
  • Mr Royes is preparing an information evening about the Indigenous Homestay Program next week

Please keep all of these projects in your thoughts and prayers.

Continuing Appeal – Bikes for Refugees

Just a gentle reminder that we are still looking for bikes, in good working order, that we can share with newly arrived refugee families in our area. Bikes that are suitable for children to adults would be a great help. If you are able to help please contact Tim Kenny, Paul Corfield or Helen Righetti here at the College.

Mr. Tim Kenny - Dean of Identity