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Remembering Oblate heroes
13/04/2011 Australia

St. Eugene College is a Preschool to Grade 12 school in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia. The College is conducted by the Parish of St. Eugene de Mazenod, Burpengary, which is under the pastoral care of the Oblates.

On Saturday, 20 March, three new buildings were blessed and officially opened at the College. Each building bears the name of an Oblate hero: the Administration building is named after Fr. Henri TEMPIER; the Senior building is named after Blessed Josef CEBULA and the multipurpose hall is named Rodrigo Hall (after the martyred Sri Lankan Oblate Fr. Michael RODRIGO).

The State Government of Queensland and the Commonwealth Government of Australia contributed over $10 million to the new educational facilities at St. Eugene’s. Present at the opening was Senator Furner of the Commonwealth Government and Mr Ryan of the State Government and a parishioner of St. Eugene parish.

The Oblate charism is truly alive at St Eugene College and these Oblate heroes deepen the lived experience of what it means to be Christian and Oblate. The senior students, as part of their religious education classes, are exploring different Oblate ministries, such as Rosies and other social justice works and are considering sending some students for a missionary experience in China later this year. The Grade 11 students will start volunteering for Rosies street van next term. (Fr. Paul SMITHERS, Chaplain)