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Blessing and commissioning of the Cathedral’s magnificent 1927 Casavant Frères pipe organ
Sunday November 13 at 11am Mass
followed by a launch recital Tuesday November 15 at 7.30pm sharp
Renowned organist Dr Josh van Konkelenberg will play at both events
Enquiries: Jane Juniper 8210 8223
A new entity which will assume stewardship of seven
Dominican schools located in Adelaide, Melbourne and
Sydney has been unveiled.
The North Adelaide Dominican Sisters and the Sisters of Holy
Cross Congregation (Cabra), together with the Dominican
Sisters of Eastern Australia, officially launched Dominican
Education Australia (DEA) at a ceremony in Adelaide on
In a moving liturgy held at the Adelaide Convention Centre,
the Sisters of the three congregations handed over to the
Trustees of DEA the schools that have been in their care for
nearly 150 years. They include Cabra Dominican College, St
Dominic’s Priory College and St Mary’s College (Adelaide),
Santa Sabina College, St Lucy’s School and the Catherine
Sullivan Centre (Sydney) and Siena College (Melbourne).
The six founding Trustees of DEA are Sr Shirley Macklin OP
(Dominican Sisters of North Adelaide), Paul Davis (Integroe
Partners, Sydney), Eileen Young (currently Principal, St Mary’s
College, Adelaide), Mary Jacquier (former Principal of Our
Lady of La Vang School, Adelaide), Sr Julianna Drobik OP
(Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia) and Sue Fabian
(former Chair of the Board of Directors, Santa Sabina College),
who is chair of the Trustees.
A large group including current and former principals,
leadership teams and board members of the three Adelaide
colleges, representatives of Adelaide-based congregations
of Religious as well as Dominican Sisters and school leaders
from Sydney and Melbourne joined the Sisters for the
As the liturgy began, symbols of the life and work of St
Dominic were carried in procession by student leaders,
representatives of the three Adelaide colleges and the
congregation leaders, Sr Judith Lawson (Eastern Australia),
Sr Noreen Reynolds (North Adelaide) and Sr Bernadette Kiley
(Holy Cross Congregation).
As part of the commissioning of the Trustees, the
congregation leaders passed the DEA candle to Ms Fabian
who later addressed the gathering on behalf of the Trustees.
For the final blessing, the congregation stood, raised their
hands over the Trustees and blessed them, praying that there
would be ‘light and energy’ for their journey.
Similar launches of DEA were held in Sydney and Melbourne
later in August.
New chapter for Dominicans Vatican appointments
Pope Francis has appointed Australian Catholic
University (ACU) vice-chancellor and president
Professor Greg Craven as a consultor to the Holy
See’s Congregation of Catholic Education – the
Vatican dicastery that oversees Catholic schools,
universities and institutes of higher education
around the world.
In making the appointment, the Holy Father
recognised the considerable leadership,
knowledge and experience that Professor Craven
brings to the Congregation, particularly in the
higher education sector.
Professor Craven said the appointment was both
a great honour and an outstanding opportunity.
“Catholic education has a rich intellectual
tradition spanning 2000 years and I look forward
to joining a Congregation that draws on the
best of rigorous academic and intellectual
foundations, and from core Catholic values,” he
In other Vatican news, Archbishop of Melbourne
and president of the Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference Denis Hart has been appointed by
Pope Francis as a member of the Congregation
for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the
The appointment acknowledges Archbishop
Hart’s contribution to the liturgical life of the
Catholic Church in Australia and internationally.
Vatican Congregations are the senior bodies of
the Roman Curia, each entrusted by the Holy
Father with a particular area of responsibility.
Archbishop Hart expressed gratitude for the trust
implied in the appointment while expressing
readiness to assist the work of the Church in
whatever way possible.
LAUNCH: Sr Anne Stewart and St Dominic’s Priory College
Year 12 student Lucy Stoddart lead the responsorial psalm.
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