News from Emerald16 June, 2021
This month, Bishop Michael and Leesa Jeffcoat joined with the community of Marist College, Emerald to celebrate the feast day of their namesake, St Marcellin Champagnat. Welcomed by the Principal Mark Green, Bishop Michael presided over the College’s morning Mass for the feast day of their namesake, St Marcellin Champagnat.
The Marist tradition in education was birthed after an experience St Marcellin had where he watched the poor treatment of a student by a teacher on his first day at school. This shaped his approach to educating children and motivated him to establish a society caring for children’s education and which had a “great zeal for the poor”.
Bishop Michael drew attention to how the DNA of the Marist tradition uniquely fits the community of this region as St Marcellin paid particular attention to the needs of farming families and the student’s commitments to help their families during harvest time.
Special Congratulations to Connie Iddles (Business/Finance Manager, Marist College) for 21 years and Morag Hyslop (Head of Department, Maths) for 25 years of committed and dedicated service in the Marist Tradition.