Ignatian Newsletter: 2024-Edition #8

Ignatian Mission & Identity

Written by
Adam Calderone
Deputy Principal, Ignatian Mission and Identity

This week and next, we celebrate the lives of two of our House Patrons, Caroline Chisholm and St Francis Xavier.

Though they are from vastly different eras and backgrounds, both embody a profound dedication to serving humanity. Their lives, though separated by centuries, are linked by their unwavering commitment to helping others and their tireless efforts to alleviate suffering.

Saint Francis Xavier, a revered figure in the Catholic faith, lived during the 16th century. He was one of the founding members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is renowned for his missionary work, particularly in Asia. Xavier's zeal for spreading Christianity led him to journey across continents, braving immense challenges and hardships. His compassion knew no bounds as he ministered to the sick, taught the marginalised, and provided solace to the downtrodden. His legacy as a missionary and humanitarian endures, inspiring countless individuals to follow in his footsteps and dedicate themselves to serving others selflessly.

Caroline Chisholm, on the other hand, emerged as a beacon of compassion and social reform during the 19th century. Born in England, Chisholm became known as the "emigrant's friend" for her pioneering efforts in assisting migrants, particularly women and families, during the colonial expansion of Australia. She recognised the dire conditions faced by migrants and worked tirelessly to provide them with support, accommodation, and opportunities for employment. Chisholm's advocacy for social justice and her relentless campaigning for the rights and welfare of the vulnerable left an indelible mark on society. Her legacy continues to resonate, especially in the realms of immigration and social welfare.

Despite the temporal and geographical differences between them, the lives of Saint Francis Xavier and Caroline Chisholm intersect in their shared ethos of compassion and service, two very Ignatian characteristics. Both exemplified the principles of empathy, altruism, and solidarity, dedicating their lives to uplifting those in need. Whether ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of communities in distant lands or advocating for the rights and dignity of migrants, they embodied the essence of humanitarianism.

Moreover, their legacies serve as a reminder of the enduring power of individuals to effect positive change in the Loyola community and wider world. Their examples inspire us to look beyond ourselves and to extend a helping hand to those who are marginalized or suffering. In a world marked by division and inequality, the lives of Saint Francis Xavier and Caroline Chisholm stand as beacons of hope, challenging us to cultivate a spirit of compassion and solidarity in our own lives.

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Loyola College is proud to once again support the Cancer Council with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which this year will run at recess on Friday 31 May. A wide variety of sweet and savoury snacks and drinks will be available to pre-order via a Humanitix link which will be emailed to students and families this week, as well as on our socials. A small amount of food and drink will also be available on the day without preorders.
The fundraiser will take place in the Two Wolves Hub, for collection of preorders on House tables and kiosk for sales on the day. All profits will be donated and we thank you once again for your support of the Cancer Council.

Ignatian 2024: Edition #8 Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Flyer