Dear Members of the Marcellin Family

A very warm welcome back to Term 4!

It will be a term that everyone will be looking forward to I’m sure as we transition back to face to face learning over the coming weeks. Marcellin College is built on forming deep relationships and a strong sense of community. While this has been maintained over the past six months due to the extensive commitment of our young men, you the families and our staff, there is now real excitement and anticipation in the air as we prepare to transition everyone back to the campus.

The circumstance during Terms 2 and 3 have challenged us all but the Marcellin resilience has shone through. There have been countless examples of staff and students initiating new ways of teaching, learning and staying connected and well. These examples of innovation and support for the wellbeing of our community speak volumes about the underlying culture here at the College and it is something that we can all be grateful for. It is testament to all in our community now and to the successive generations of people who have gone before us. But it is also deeper than that. It is actually part of our Marist DNA that goes right back to the founder of Marist Education – St Marcellin Champagnat himself.

Marcellin had a gritty nature and an unshakeable faith in the God who inspired his work. Beginning with two young (largely uneducated) young men, and a few students in a small building in a tiny hamlet in the South of France, he was able to inspire others to join his mission to “make Jesus Christ known and loved.” It was never going to be easy and he knew that. There was no global pandemic, but he lived through a time of enormous turmoil and social upheaval and he suffered many setbacks, some even generated by the local Catholic authorities at the time. A letter written by Marcellin in the early days of the establishment of the Marist Institute gives real insight into both his character and his faith:

I am left on my own; in spite of that, I do not lose courage, knowing how powerful God is, and how much his ways are hidden from the most clear-sighted of people; often he achieves his purposes when people think he is far removed from them

Marcellin believed it was God’s work he was doing, not his own. He was just the vehicle, “the labourer and not the master builder” as Archbishop Oscar Romero once said. Marcellin’s legacy of hard work, resilience and faith in the providence of God, provides much inspiration for us at Marcellin College Bulleen and we have risen to the challenge.

As we now begin Term 4 in a more hopeful environment, I pray that the worst is behind us. Having said that, we will continue to be cautious and ensure the health and safety of all is our main priority.

Best wishes to all in our Marcellin family for a safe and positive final term for 2020.

With blessings for the week ahead.

John Hickey