Education Mass commissions 12 new principals and 120 teachers in the Parramatta Diocese

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP commissioned 12 new Principals
Bishop Anthony Fisher OP commissioned 12 new Principals

Twelve principals and 120 beginning teachers were commissioned into their roles of leadership and service in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta at the annual Education Mass held at St Patrick’s Church in Blacktown on Thursday 6 March 2014.

On the eve of Catholic Schools Week around 700 teachers and staff from Catholic schools across the diocese attended with special guests:
  • Dominic Perrottet, State Member for Castle Hill
  • Kevin Connelly, State Member for Riverstone
  • Councillor John Chedid, Lord Mayor of Parramatta
  • Councillor Jacqueline Donaldson representing the Mayor of Blacktown
  • Dr Andrew Mullins, Headmaster Wollemi College Werrington
  • Professor Lyn Sharratt, University of Toronto

In his address Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby called on all teachers to be inspired by the Rosetta probe sent deep into space to attempt to land on a comet.

'It’s hard to grasp the complexities of the Rosetta Probe but this mission reminds us that the ‘impossible’ is ‘possible’,’ said Greg. ‘Man has walked on the moon and hopefully can land a probe on a comet.  And if we can do this, then we can certainly re-imagine Catholic schooling!’  

‘Just as the Rosetta probe is going deeper into space, our system is going deeper into the practice of teaching,’ he said. ‘We know that high performing systems are built by effective teachers.’  

'Catholic schooling may not be a space odyssey but it’s a great adventure and one we share as part of the evangelising mission of the Church,' Greg said.

The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, and concelebrated by Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation, Very Rev Chris de Souza VG EV, St Patrick’s Fr Peter Confeggi and priests of the diocese.

In his homily, Bishop Anthony welcomed the new educators saying that you can never separate the Christian part of ourselves with the professional. ‘Teachers are called to educate and form the young.  Education is a vocation of love and you are all beacons of love,’ the Bishop said. 

We congratulate the following principals:

Ms Helen Boyer Holy Trinity Primary, Granville
Mrs Patricia Charlton St John’s Primary, Riverstone
Mr Michael Cowley Our Lady of the Nativity Primary, Lawson
Ms Bernadette Fabri St Patrick’s Primary, Parramatta
Dr Margaret Ghosn MSHF Maronite College of the Holy Family, Harris Park 
Ms Angela Hay St Patricks Marist College, Dundas
Ms Anita Knezevic St Nicholas of Myra Primary, Penrith
Mrs Donna McFadzean St Finbar’s Primary, Glenbrook
Ms Cheryl Merryweather Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill 
Mr Michael Ronchetti St Dominic’s College, Kingswood
Mrs Sue Veling Our Lady of the Way Primary, Emu Plains
Mr Stephen Walsh Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta

Videos from the event are available on the Catholic Education YouTube channel:
Bishop Anthony Fisher's homily
Executive Director, Greg Whitby's opening address
Commissioning ceremony