At St John's Church, Glenorchy, on Sunday 16 August we celebrated with twice the conviction: Catholic Education Week and the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco.
Students from Dominic College participated in Mass leading the procession of schools, featuring in prayers and with wonderful singing from a special joint parish and school choir. Our College Captains, Dillon and Holly, spoke about the special gratitude they felt for Salesian education, its support of them and challenging them, and the environment of the school's pastoral care and mission programs.
Guilford Young College leaders, old scholars from Dominic College, were also integral to the day, with an impressive speech by old scholar, Aleisha Herington, on the way her education was transformed at Dominic. Mr John Mula, head of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, praised the enormous contribution Catholic education makes to society, and commended especially the schools present, Dominic College, GYC, St Virgil's and Sacred Heart College..
Celebrating the Mass were Fr Bob Curmi SDB, Fr Lawrie Moate SDB, Fr Nick Castelyns SDB and Fr Frank Bertagnolli SDB. Fr Frank shared some early aspects of Don Bosco's life and gathered students and staff from the colleges to share in the cutting of a birthday cake for St John Bosco, and to sing "Happy Birthday" on this unique occasion.
You can see more photos on our gallery here: St John's Mass.