Nuncio marks Mercy anniversary in Wodonga

On a three-day visit to Wodonga in north-east Victoria as part of the 150th anniversary in Australia of the Mercy Sisters, Vatican nuncio Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli has praised the nuns' work in the region.

The Border Mail reports that during his visit Archbishop De Paoli opened an extended, refurbished administration centre at Catholic College Wodonga.

He is in the region to mark the Mercy Sisters' 150th anniversary celebrations and their 115 years with Catholic education in Wodonga.

He took part in a ceremony where he gave a blessing to the Catholic College's new administration centre as "a place of welcome and service".

Water for the blessing of the building was taken by school captain Rachel Sheridan from a fountain, which was a gift from the school's 2006 graduates.

The Bishop of Sandhurst Diocese, Bishop Joseph Grech, blessed a new silver Mercy Cross which was commissioned to be displayed in the front foyer of the new centre.

Catholic College principal Angela Killingworth said the school was privileged to have Archbishop De Paoli attend yesterday's ceremony, which was attended by Mercy Sisters, community members, staff and students.

Archbishop De Paoli said the school's Sisters of Mercy origins reinforced its values of hospitality and justice.

"Mercy is justice combined with understanding, love and kindness," he said.

"This building is a hospitable and welcome path to the administration and probably the first time people will come in contact with this college."

Papal emissary at opening (Border Mail, 25/5/07)

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25 May 2007