Historic South Australian Bicentenary Celebration of Don Bosco’s Birth

For the first time, there was a gathering of the three schools in South Australia whose history and pedagogy are inspired by Don Bosco, namely, Xavier College Gawler, St.Mark’s College Port Pirie, and St.John Bosco School, Brooklyn Park.

The three principals, Mr. Lynn Martin, Mr. Greg Hay, and Mr. Paul Murphy, along with staff and representative students, came together for a special celebration of the Eucharist at St.John Bosco Church, Brooklyn Park on 18 August. The vicar general of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Father Philip Marshall, presided on behalf of the Archbishop Philip Wilson. Salesians Fr. Brian Ahern and Fr. Joseph Lee con-celebrated the Mass.

The liturgy was ably prepared by Mr. Gareth Watson, assistant principal from Xavier College, and church was beautifully prepared by the acting religious education coordinators Mrs. Mia Harms and Mrs.Susan Steer from St. John Bosco School. The music for the Mass was led by Gareth, with musicians and singers from Xavier College.

DB200 partyAfter Mass, there was a BBQ organised by a wonderful group of SJB School parents. They cooked a record 1250 sausages to cater for a crowd of about 700 people.

Then there was entertainment under the BankSA Marquee and compered by St.Mark’s College deputy principal Ms. Kylie Smith. The Benedict Choir sang beautifully, described by listeners as “angelic.” The choir was led by Ms. Nikki Caputo. They were followed by the Xavier College “All Wrights” band led by Mr. Nathan Wright. They played songs in various styles and the vocalists were a hit. It was a truly Don Bosco day.

By Fr Joseph Lee SDB

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