“Compassion means putting someone else in the centre of my life” Br Philip Pinto cfc

This week has seen our Year 12 men engage in their Kairos Retreat Program. Kairos Retreats have been part of the makeup of Year 12, here at St Patrick’s College, since 2001. These retreats offer a great experience for the young men to encounter themselves and their relationships with new eyes, and whilst they are tiring, everyone involved comes back renewed. The College community is very grateful to the many staff, old boys and friends of the College who have contributed to making these experiences so significant for our young men. In particular, a huge debt of gratitude must go to Mrs Helen Righetti for all of her behind the scenes work to make the retreats possible. A big thank you to the staff who remained here at the College and kept the home fires burning.

Throughout this month of May we are marking Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month, we are considering the traditional Catholic practice of recognising the place of Mary the Mother of Jesus in our community and we are also joining with the Edmund Rice Beyond Borders community to remember that “I am your neighbour”. Flowing through all of these events is the belief in compassion that is central to being a member of the St Patrick’s College community – we are a community that does compassion and sees it as essential to the ‘Man of Action’ that we are calling our young men to be.

Let us journey with our young men to help them be the best that they can be.


Mr Tim Kenny - Dean of Identity