Fr Patrick Moroney OMI became the fourth Rector of Mazenod College Victoria in 1984. He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1939 and educated at Terenure College and Roscrea College. In 1958, he joined the Oblates and was ordained at Piltown in 1964. Fr Pat arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia towards the end of 1965, then moved to Melbourne where he studied at Monash University before being sent to Queensland to teach at Iona College. He began working at Mazenod College in early 1968 when it was still based at St Joseph’s, Springvale. As well as his teaching duties, Fr Pat was appointed to the position of Bursar in 1968. In the same year, he introduced the Chess Competition to the College and was a member of the first College Council that met in March 1969. Always interested in the Arts, Fr Moroney was keen for students to attend live theatre and in 1969 took Year 9 students to a performance of Macbeth at the Alexander Theatre at Monash university. He coached cricket and football sporting teams in 1968 and 1969 and introduced Careers Education into the College. Fr Moroney left the College in 1970. He spent six years doing Missions in Indonesia and then undertook post graduate studies in Psychology and Theology at Washington D.C. and Berkeley, California. He returned to the College in 1979, a trained psychologist and counsellor and was appointed to the position of  College Counsellor until 1983. One of Fr Moroney’s great legacies was the development of all aspects of the Arts at the College firmly believing that training in the Arts benefits students greatly and develops an all-rounded personality in a young man. He also showed a concern for students transitioning into the College and worked with staff to provide a curriculum to prepare them for secondary education. Fr Moroney served as Rector from 1984 until the end of 1988 when he was appointed Rector of Iona College in Queensland.

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