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Champagnat Day – Adelaide

 

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Bicentenary - Initiatives

By a happy coincidence this year, the Feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat and the Annual Reunion of the Adelaide Marists Ex-students occurred on the same day. As a result, it was decided to combine the celebrations. And so, all the Brothers of Adelaide joined in with the Alberton / Therbarton / Norwood / PortAdelaide Marist Ex-students and their wives (170 in all) at the Alberton Hotel. As expected, it was a most joyous occasion with everyone catching up with each other and reminiscing on the ‘good old days’ under the Brothers.

Today, on the site of the former Marist Brothers’Alberton, we have the Mount Carmel Catholic College, a Catholic Co-educational secondary school in the Josephite tradition from years 8-12, becoming years 7-12 in 2019. It was wonderful to have the School Captains and some of the teachers, including Josephite Sister Catherine Mead, present joining in with the celebrations.

Brother Paul Gilchrist, the Adelaide Community Leader said a few words to mark the occasion and prestented a Papal Blessing to the Brien Family. This was accepted by Denis and Matthew Brien. Peter Brien, deceased, and his family have been remarkable in their support of the original school, and now Mount Carmel College, over many years. It was fitting that this long standing commitment of the family should be acknowledged on such an occasion.

The Marist Reunion was also an opportunity to raise some funds for the Mount Carmel College for students at risk in Miama, Burma.

Another feature of the day was the celebration of 90 years since the Brothers took over the school at Alberton in 1927, and the 50 years that Mount Carmel has been in existence (the Brothers left Alberton at the end of 1966).

Greg McCrystal.