8 March 2018
The Assumption College community gathered on Tuesday, 27 February to celebrate 125 years of education in the Marist tradition in Kilmore.
The Celebratory Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, brought together all current students and staff, alumni, former staff and friends of the college community in the first of many celebratory events to mark the 125th anniversary year of the college in 2018.
In a magnificent display of college spirit and respect for the anniversary celebration, the students were commended for their preparation and participation, were lauded for their behaviour and the public demonstration of how special the Assumption College community is.
“I was so very proud of our students, and they were a credit to their families, the school and, of course, themselves. All those present will likely remember the event for many years to come. The extremely moving performance of the Sub Tuum was a special highlight,” Principal Kate Fogarty said.
“The Mass itself was a beautiful celebration, and the organisation by our staff (buses, food, student wellbeing) was professional and warm. We have had dozens of congratulatory messages passed on from Old Collegians, special guests, cathedral staff and members of the general public acclaiming us for how the College conducted the event, and the way the students presented and engaged.”
Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart, the Archbishop of Melbourne, who was assisted by a number of alumni who have gone on to serve in the priesthood as well as Kilmore’s parish priest Fr Grant O’Neill.
Archbishop Denis Hart greeted the packed cathedral welcoming all those in attendance who had ‘come to thank God for the history of Assumption College and to celebrate their memories.’
A highlight of the Mass was the powerful congregation wide rendition of the Sub Tuum, the ancient Marian prayer, sung with pride by the whole student population who had been practising the Latin rendition for weeks.
Students and staff enjoyed a relaxed luncheon in Treasury Gardens before returning to Kilmore.