Sunday 10th October was the day of the official opening and blessing of the new Administration building and the renaming of our trade centre after Fr. Jim Carroll.
It was a great opportunity to come together and celebrate the achievement of a major project that has the capacity to change the way people see the College but more importantly to honour three men who have given so much to St. Josephs.
The trade centre has been named after the much loved Fr. Jim who came here as Business Manager in 1994 when times were very tough and money in short supply. He oversaw a cost saving strategy that relied so much upon his own hard work but also ingenuity. He was respected by all in the community for his ability to not only manage the books but also after hours transform himself into highly skilful maintenance man. In this role he not only saved countless dollars for the College but after his retirement from the financial stewardship, he mentored many a student as he taught them carpentry as they worked alongside him on weekends.
Fr. Jim was passionate about giving the boys opportunities to develop skills for employment and loved the fact that the College developed an Australian Technical College that formalized those training opportunities. With the change to the funding arrangements and the phasing out of the use of the ATC moniker, the need for a new name became apparent.
Only one was needed to be considered by the College Board.
His sister Joan was on hand on the day to unveil the plaque that tells briefly the story of Fr. Jim and it has been installed in the foyer of the Carroll Centre. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to honour a great man who always loved to serve our boys.
The names of Fr. Noel Mackay and Mr. Jack Turner were also honoured for their long and tireless service to the college community on the same day.
Source: St. Joseph’s College