HOLY Spirit College has marked the beginning of a new era of secondary Catholic education for families in Fitzgibbon and beyond, with a Blessing of the Soil celebration.
As he blessed the soil on which the important business of educating young people will soon begin, Archbishop Mark Coleridge noted it was now “Holy Ground".
Archbishop Coleridge told special guests, including BCE Executive Director, Pam Betts, The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe, State Member for Sandgate and Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport, and The Hon. Luke Howarth, Federal Member for Petrie and Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, blessing the soil was an important step towards connecting the College community with the land it sits on.
“Blessing the soil means we can say this college is a place where God speaks and listens to us," he said.
He said he also found the name for the college an interesting choice and thanked the Holy Spirit Sisters in attendance, for allowing the use of their name for the college.
Holy Spirit College will be a place that supports the wellbeing of all students, encouraging them to develop and thrive during the maturing and growth phases of their lives.
Once the College is complete, students will be immersed in a well-resourced, innovative, and creative environment for their educational experience.
Foundation Principal Stephan le Roux said the celebration was also a significant milestone in welcoming the College's foundation students Benjamin Buttigieg and Charlotte Whitbourne and their families.
“It was a particularly important day for the Fitzgibbon and surrounding communities," he said.
“We came together in prayer to ask God's blessing on this land and on all who have worked and will continue working to build this new school for our learning community; a school which is founded on the traditions of the Holy Spirit Sisters who invites us to walk in kinship with all of creation."
For the two foundation students, the Blessing of the Soil was a momentous occasion.
Benjamin said he could not wait to make history when he walked through the gates of the College in 2022.
He said it was very exciting to see the progress being made at the former golf driving range.
“I always wanted to do something really special and being a foundation student means a lot to me as we will be in the history books forever".
Charlotte said she was looking forward to seeing Holy Spirit College take shape and making new friends and awesome memories.
To discover more about what Benjamin, Charlotte and their fellow foundation students will experience while at Holy Spirit College, Fitzgibbon, visit www.holyspiritfitzgibbon.qld.edu.au or call into the office at Clock Corner, 521 Beams Road, Carseldine.
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