Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #9

Ignatian Mission & Identity

Written by
Adam Calderone
Deputy Principal, Ignatian Mission and Identity


On Monday 3 June, we celebrate Flynn House Day. Reflecting on The Very Reverend John Flynn's life, and his connection to Flynn House at our College, reveals a profound alignment of values and ideals between Flynn's legacy and the educational and community-focused mission of the College. This connection not only honours Flynn's contributions to Australian society, but also serves as an enduring inspiration for the students and staff of Flynn House.

John Flynn's legacy is defined by his pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people in remote areas. His establishment of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) stands as a monumental achievement in providing accessible healthcare to isolated communities. Flynn's innovative use of technology and his ability to mobilise resources and support for a greater cause resonate deeply within the context of Loyola College.

Flynn House at Loyola College embodies the principles that John Flynn championed throughout his life: service, innovation, and community. Named in his honour, Flynn House encourages students to embrace these values in their daily lives and academic pursuits. The house system in schools often aims to foster a sense of belonging, teamwork, and healthy competition, mirroring Flynn's own efforts to build cohesive, supportive communities in the Australian outback.

The connection between John Flynn and Flynn House at Loyola College serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring impact of Flynn's work. By embodying his values of service, innovation, and community, Flynn House not only pays tribute to his legacy but also inspires students to carry forward his spirit of compassion and ingenuity. In this way, Flynn's influence continues to shape and enrich the lives of future generations, ensuring that his contributions to society are remembered and celebrated.

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On Saturday 25 May, eleven students and two staff were lucky enough to participate in The Long Walk and Dreamtime at the ‘G. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Michael Long’s initiative that allows the community to walk in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, so that we can show our commitment to a fairer and more just society and bring attention to the plight of many Indigenous communities in Australia, who often go without the basics that we would expect in our country.

As a College, we will continue to support this wonderful cause into the future as well as conducting our own Long Walk Home with our feeder primary schools each June. This year, we are fortunate to have Eddie Betts as a keynote speaker and I look forward to reporting on this in our next Ignatian.