Vol. 7, Ed.11 9th July 2020 

From the Principal

 May 5 is the official date of the Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers. It is hard to imagine, from humble beginnings in a small workshop, bakery and stable back in 1802 that one man’s decision to educate, clothe and feed the young boys of Waterford Island would lead us to today in Hobart celebrating 107 years of St Virgil’s College.

It is important for us historically now, with our school being run by Edmund Rice Education Australia, that we never forget the history and heritage that the Brothers have given to our school.

 It was fantastic to see our two resident Christian Brothers, Sean McManus and Peter Flint, front and centre at our celebration Mass on Tuesday. Although the Brothers have moved out of the education landscape, they are still very active in supporting the Tasmanian community through Edmund Rice Camps, Refugee and Homework support, and transitions for new arrivals.

 On Tuesday our young men all heard from a member of the Edmund Rice Camps movement which was set up to support the marginalised children of Hobart. Following these talks the boys entered into an afternoon of fun activities, raising money that will be donated to Camps Tasmania.

The spirited and enthusiastic celebration of such significant events on our calendar is what defines our community and highlights the responsibility we all share in honouring the legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice. 


In the spirit of Blessed Edmund,

Damian Messer

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