Canonisation of Mother Teresa

Elevating the “saint of the gutters” to one of the Catholic Church’s highest honours, Pope Francis on Sunday praised Mother Teresa for her radical dedication to society’s outcasts and her courage in shaming world leaders for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created.” An estimated 120,000 people filled St. Peter’s Square for the canonization ceremony. It was the highlight of Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis has been dedicated to ministering to society’s most marginal, from prostitutes to prisoners, refugees to the homeless. In that way, while the canonization of “St. Teresa of Kolkata” was a celebration of her life and work, it was also something of an affirmation of Francis’ own papal priorities, which have earned him praise and criticism alike. “Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer,” Pope Francis said in his homily.

Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910, Teresa came to India in 1929 as a sister of the Loreto order. In 1946, she received what she described as a “call within a call” to found a new order dedicated to caring for the most unloved and unwanted, the “poorest of the poor” in the slums of her adopted city, Kolkata. The Missionaries of Charity order went on to become one of the most well-known in the world, with more than 4,000 sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed white saris doing as Teresa instructed: “small things with great love.” For Pope Francis, Teresa put into action his ideal of the church as a “field hospital” for those suffering both material and spiritual poverty, living on the physical and existential peripheries of society.

Prayer for St Teresa of Calcutta

Jesus, you made Mother Teresa an example

of humility, charity and selflessness.

She taught us that every human life

has value and dignity.

May we follow her in heeding

Your cry of thirst from the cross,

and in loving the poorest of the poor. 

Grant us, by her intercession,

and according to Your will,

the graces we implore…,

knowing that she will soon be

numbered among Your saints.

We ask this in Your name, 

through the intercession of Mary, 

Your Mother and the Mother of us all. Amen.




Archbishop’s Award for Student Excellence

On Thursday 8 September 2016, Mrs Kennaugh, Miss Sukkar and some student representatives were present at St Mary’s Cathedral Hall to see our nominee for this prestigious award, Jacinta Walz, receive her award from Archbishop Anthony Fisher. We are so very proud of Jacinta and her work within her parish community at Penshurst. Her citation read as follows:

Jacinta is an outstanding candidate who gives witness to Gospel values in all she does. She is passionate about and participates in all social justice activities at school and takes a leadership role in our St. Vincent de Paul Chapter. As Liturgy Prefect, she assists with all liturgies and speaks with homerooms encouraging participation in prayer and worship. At St Declan’s Parish, Penshurst, she is regularly rostered as a reader and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. She leads youth groups, assists in parish functions, and plays piano once a month at Mass. Jacinta is a young woman of strong faith and deep commitment.


Staff Changes Term 4

  • Ms Rebecca LeMay, our English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) teacher is leaving the College at the end of Term 3. We will miss the support and dedication she has given to our EAL/D students and thank her for her countless hours of work in this area. For Term 4, she will be replaced by Ms Kahlie Taouk, until a permanent replacement can be made for 2017.
  • We wish Mrs Adrianna Coleman, Mrs Betty Janev and Ms Marilee Mai all the very best as they commence their period of maternity leave. These bubs are all due around the same time and we wish them well for a safe delivery . In Term 4, Mrs Coleman’s classes will be taken over by her job-share partner, Mrs Kalaitzis. Mrs Janev’s classes will be taken by Mrs Hannah Poole and Ms Mai’s classes will be taken over by her job-share partner, Mrs Lambert.
  • We also warmly thank Miss Lara Grimm who so ably took on the role of Year 10 Coordinator in Miss Robinson’s absence.
  • We thank Mrs Lynne Taylor who took over Miss Robinson’s teaching role in such a seamless fashion.


Our mantra:

“Girls can do anything.
Bethany girls can do everything!*
(*except divide by zero)”
Vicki Lavorato