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Founders Day 2018

2018/05/31 7:58:42 AM

St Benedict’s College celebrated Founders’ Day on Friday, 25 May 2018 with Holy Mass in  commemorat... 

St Benedict’s College celebrated Founders’ Day on Friday, 25 May 2018 with Holy Mass in  commemoration of our school’s 60th Jubilee. The Executive Headmaster, Mr Andre Oosthuysen, in his welcome expressed his gratitude to the boys,  parents and staff; the clergy, past pupils and staff, governors and past heads of the school for the richly meaningful contributions they have made to our school over the last 60 years. The Mass intention was offered for the many blessings which have been bestowed upon St Benedict’s since its humble beginnings in 1958 and aligned with the school’s theme for 2018 “Accomplished By His Grace”.

The main celebrant Bishop Duncan Tsoke, the Auxiliary Bishop of Johannesburg; old-boy Bishop Edward Risi, the Bishop of Keimos-Upington, Fr Guillaume Muthunda - the Oblate General Councillor for Africa Madagascar who is visiting from Rome and Fr Neil Frank Provincial of the OMI Province of South Africa together with the Oblate Council, Priests and Novice Brothers all participated in the Holy Mass. In his homily, Father Neil Frank, the newly-elected Oblate Provincial, reminded us to be thankful and have a grateful heart and alerted us to the fact that every time we complained we were expressing ingratitude.

Bishop Edward Risi OMI concluded the celebrations with a short speech reflecting on his time as a pupil at St Benedict’s. He thanked Mr Tony Dobson, the first lay Headmaster of St Benedict’s for the vital role he played in the building of the school we see and know it today.  Bishop Risi sai, “Tony Dobson captured the vision of the Oblates and carried this vision forward into the school of excellence that we are now”.  Bishop Edward Risi OMI fondly recalled the many priests who taught at St Benedict’s. He thanked Fr Jack O'Brien OMI, one of the founding Oblates, for ensuring that all boys were provided with a Bible. It was this Bible that has fostering his love of the scriptures. 

After Holy Mass was concluded we made our way down to the newly commissioned statue of St Eugene de Mazenod, the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  The statue was unveiled and blessed by Bishop Edward Risi OMI.



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