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The Southern Cross : March 2012
March 2012 Page 5 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | By Jenny Brinkworth Join the Principal on a School Tour You are invited to join Mrs Mary Camilleri on a learning walk around Marymount College, a Middle School for Girls Years 6 -- 9, Hove. Meet the students and teachers, see classes in action, ask questions and discuss your enrolment. Enrolling Now for og N o o 2013 & 2014 We look forward to sharing our unique place of belonging with you. Please contact the Registrar on 8298 2388 or email email@example.com . to register for the tour www.mc.catholic.edu.au MARYMOUNT COLLEGE | COLTON AVE | HOVE MARYMOUNT COLLEGE The surviving members of the first group of young boys to enter the St Francis Xavier seminary at Rostrevor on January 31, 1942, celebrated their 70th anniversary at the home of Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, himself one of the original students of the minor seminary. Gathering on the same day, 70 years later, the ten former seminarians reminisced about their days in the makeshift bungalow across the road from Rostrevor College prior to the opening of the new seminary in May, 1942. The men have been meeting each year on January 31 since their 60th anniversary, taking the opportunity to pray and remember on their days in the seminary over lunch. Most of the original group of 24 were aged between 12 and 14 although one of them, David Shinnick, was only 11 when he joined. Eight of the group went on to be ordained, including Fr Eugene Kenny and Mgr Vincent Tiggeman who attended the lunch at Archbishop Faulkner's Netley home. Archbishop Faulkner was the first of the original seminarians to be ordained a priest. He said the men who decided not to become priests made a great contribution to the Church and, indeed, to South Australia. David Shinnick worked for the Church for many years and has written extensively about social justice, Caritas and parish history. Brian Cronin was prominent as a funeral director and in the St Vincent de Paul Society, Brian Hegarty became a bank manager and had influence on Catholic life in many parts of South Australia and John Keough became a butcher and remains heavily involved in parish life at St Monica's, Walkerville. Edward Mulvihill was a former Director of Catholic Education, Dr Lyn Daly served as a medical practitioner in many country areas of South Australia while John Murphy has been a tower of strength in Elizabeth and was secretary to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for several years. Mgr Tiggeman recalled his mother weeping as he departed for the minor seminary at the age of 12: "she was pleased I had a vocation but she didn't like the idea of the family being split up, understandably," he said. The boys did their schooling at Rostrevor College but dined separately and were only allowed to go home for holidays once during the school year and at Christmas. Parents were allowed to visit once a month and Mgr Tiggeman said they always looked forward to this, especially the "goodies" their families brought and which were subsequently shared. The boys wore black soutanes at chapel every morning and during internal classes. The 24 boys slept in one room in the bungalow with the rector in another while the new seminary was being completed. Mgr Tiggeman said he remembered going into a philosophy class one afternoon only to find the teacher and two students fast asleep. In her biography on former Archbishop of Adelaide Matthew Beovich, Josephine Laffin writes about when the archbishop visited Rostrevor to give the pioneer seminarians his blessing "You will be studying like other boys, playing the same games," Beovich informed them, "but in the inner sanctuary of your soul you will be seeking perfection of the highest order". FRIENDS FOR LIFE: (L-R) Austin Carew, Mgr Vincent Tiggeman, Edward Mulvihill, John Keough, Fr Eugene Kenny, David Shinnick, Dr Lyn Daly, Archbishop Emeritus Leonard Faulkner, John Murphy and Brian Hegarty (front), (absent Fr Robin Sutherland). Pioneer seminarians celebrate 70 years Young seminarians in their study room in the early 1940s.