Friday 9 November 2018

Hidden From Plain Sight

This week we formally and finally bid goodbye to the Class of 2018 as they finish their HSC exams and gather to celebrate at the Blue & White Ball. It is an event that is a long awaited and eagerly anticipated culmination for many of these young men. But we also had a reminder this week that the most important things that are learned here don’t stop when you leave Tambourine Bay and also aren’t the most important things you learn here. At an assembly this week, we instituted the inaugural Patrick Rodgers Memorial Award to recognise the extraordinary contribution of service rendered by young men since they have left the College. This award does two things: it honours the memory of one of our young Old Ignatians, Patrick Rodgers (OR2011), who died this past December while serving the poorest of the poor in Cambodia. It also recognises the extraordinary service of Joseph Wehbe (OR2012) who helped establish From The Ground Up, a service organisation dedicated to educating children in the economically difficult environment of Nepal. While the celebration on Friday evening of the Blue & White is well earned, long after the last bits of the celebrations are a distant memory, the service of men like Patrick and Joe will provide a memory and a challenge for generations of men who follow them.


Fr Jack McLain SJ