The Southern Cross : May 2012
The Southern Cross continues its Living Catholic page which features articles and photographs highlighting the many good works that often go unnoticed but make a big difference to people's lives and to the community in general. Parishes are invited to submit suggestions for stories that demonstrate in a practical sense Living Catholic. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. | living catholic By Rebecca DiGirolamo Students in Frank Palladino's building and construction classes are learning a whole lot more than just bricks and mortar. Frank is teaching them the life-long lesson of faith in action starting from the ground up. Frank is a senior mentor coordinator for the building, construction and plumbing programs at St Patrick's Technical College, in Elizabeth West, where he has designed an award-winning curriculum. The curriculum includes a greater appreciation of social justice issues among Year 11 and 12 students by getting them to help build homes for the less fortunate through the Habitat for Humanity program for pre-vocational training and as part of their South Australian Certificate of Education. "The building of a student's character and their person is really satisfying and that is the success and that is what drives me and keeps me going," says Frank. Aside from empowering students with on-site work experience, Frank says the Habitat for Humanity program has given his students personal satisfaction in helping others less fortunate. Frank was last year a recipient of the Adelaide Archbishop's Award for service to the education of young South Australians. In 2011, his innovative Habitat for Humanity program at St Patrick's was recognised nationally with a National Australia Bank Schools First Local Impact Award. The $50,000 award was used to expand the college's Habitat for Humanity program, enabling students from a wider group of specialist building services to work on homes for the disadvantaged as well as purchasing new tools and equipment and a fully-equipped on-site workshop. Frank says more than 150 students have helped build five homes in the past four years, helping five families into home ownership. Students are this year working on helping construct their sixth home. Frank is also active in the Lions Club of Gawler and in helping Sudanese migrants through the Sisters of St Joseph. A father of two young children and a Rostrevor College old scholar, Frank says instilling a sense of purpose in our youth was vital to a faith-filled education. "At the end of the day, it is about getting these students the best training they can but also not just creating a carpenter or a labourer but creating a person as a whole." FABRICATING FAITH: Frank Palladino, senior mentor/coordinator for the building, construction and plumbing programs at St Patrick's Technical College, with senior students. Photo: Nat Rogers Building social justice The Southern Cross Page 12 May 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au YOUR CHURCH. YOUR INSURANCE. Caring for you and your property For more than 100 years, Catholic Church Insurances has been caring for the insurance needs of our church communities with trust and integrity. We care about people, not just property. Why Catholic Church Insurances? # When you purchase both home and contents you are eligible for a 10% discount* When the unthinkable happens our claims staff are trained to take you through the claims process in a calm and compassionate manner. For a competitive quote call 1300 655 003 catholicinsurances.com.au # transaction fees may apply.