Archbishop's Homilies 2015

Blessing of school extensions at Saint Aloysius’ School, Queenscliff on Wednesday, 2 December

"Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain who build it.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we are blessing more extensions to Saint Aloysius’ school. School buildings, of course, are always directed to the education of children and to the work which teachers and pupils do together in such a creative way. You and I know that a good teacher with interest and command over his or her subject can draw students into the wonder and mystery of learning and of enriching their own lives.

Teaching is not merely the giving of information. It is encouraging and stimulating young people to have inquiring minds and as these further facilities are carried forward for Saint Aloysius’ school, I pray that you will remember that in education every one of us can make a difference.

Every teacher has a different approach, every pupil has different gifts and abilities and by listening to each other we can come to know how we can develop and the unique contribution that each of us can make that does not belong to other people.

Every one of us is special. Coming to school is discovering who we are, what are our special gifts that other people have not got, and how we can use those to work together.

So I congratulate Father Richardson and Mr Casey, I thank the builder and architect, the parents and families who have supported this project and all who have worked so hard to show that indeed the Lord is building this house.

+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.