Principal's Blog - 5 September 2019

01 Sep 2019

Dear members of the Marcellin College family,

Last Wednesday morning some of our young men and their Dads arrived bright and early to our functions room to celebrate and give thanks for our fathers at our annual Father’s Day Breakfast. Like our Mother’s Day Breakfasts held earlier this year, this event is becoming increasing popular thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of our incredible MCCA, led by our wonderful President Maria Mercuri and ably supported by our social events coordinator Carol Brancatella.

The morning provided a great opportunity for us all to stop and reflect on the significant role fathers place in the lives of their children. This year my own dad turned 80, although you wouldn’t know it. He still plays golf every week and currently he and my mum are sitting on beach somewhere north of the Queensland border. Annually they head north, hauling their caravan to escape the Melbourne winter. He will still be found out in the ocean most days catching waves!

When I think of my dad, I think of the many lessons in life that he has taught me. I have been blessed with a father who has shown me what it truly means to be a good man. He has taught me about the importance of working hard, of never shirking your responsibilities, of striving to be the best version of yourself that you can be. He taught me these things sometimes through words but most often through actions. For example my dad only took one sick day in his working life. My brothers and I were so surprised at this we drew up a special certificate which we presented to him to mark the occasion!

My dad has taught me how to be a good dad. To always put my family before myself, to support all my children’s endeavours and to provide them with the opportunities they need to make their own way in the world. My dad has never failed to be there for his family whenever and wherever they needed him. He has shown through word and action the importance of giving respect to everyone we meet in life and to always present as a positive person. He has taught his sons that it is far better to do a good job than just a job, to perservere in the face of adversity and to have the courage to aim high in life.

I could go on about my dad’s great qualities but that would only embarrass him. However, the most significant example my dad has passed onto me is faith. My dad is a man of strong and unwavering faith. Not a pious faith but a natural, practical and deeply held faith. A faith which can be seen in every action and interaction, through every word and deed. My own faith has been profoundly influenced by his example. 

Son’s watch their fathers very carefully, they study their every move and then model it in their own lives. I thank God every day that I have a dad who has done much to form the man I am today and on this Father’s Day I pay tribute to him.

Mark Murphy