This year as a guide to help us live out our College Vision we have decided upon the theme:
Our vision clearly stated that we are a ‘Learning Community centred on the person of Jesus Christ’. Our College prides itself on being a place of welcome, peace and unity, whilst at the same time being so richly blessed with students from such wide and varied cultural backgrounds. Our Community looks to Jesus the Nazarene as the one who is Our Lord, God and Saviour, but also our model and friend, the source of unity, binding us together. This year we aim to continue to put Jesus more and more firmly at the centre of our community, knowing that growing in closer proximity to Him will also lead to us growing more united with each other.
As a learning community it is indeed our mission to nurture young people to go out and take their place in our rapidly changing world. It is our mission to spark something in the minds of our students, helping them to open their minds, participate deeply in their education and grow in ‘Faith, Wisdom and Knowledge’. When this happens they start to be better equipped to go out into our world, remembering they enter Nazareth College to learn and leave to serve.
Our theme also talks of us igniting hearts. Again, centred on the person of Jesus, it is from His Heart, the Sacred Heart that we draw from. As we move closer to the Heart that burns with love for all of us, our hearts cannot help but be affected by this warmth. If we continue to move closer our hearts also will be set ablaze with love for God and our neighbour. When these hearts in our community are ignited we see people thinking of others, looking out for each other, going beyond themselves to serve both within and outside our College Community.
It seems to me from our theme that we can see that the true starting point is Jesus. Let us as our year begins make a decision in 2019 to regularly take time to be with Jesus. If we take time to read and pray with the Bible, time to sit quietly with Jesus in prayer, visit Him and be with Him present in the tabernacle in our Chapel and Churches, or receive Him in the Eucharist we will see our hearts start to change. The fire will catch, we will grow in unity with Him and others and our minds also will be engaged, open and ready to learn more and more. Let us pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to make decisions as we start this year to help us to grow.
Holy Family of Nazareth – Be our inspiration and our guide.
Jesus of Nazareth – Help us to grow in faith, wisdom and knowledge.