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Official Opening & Blessing of Mazenod College

Mazenod College Victoria was Officially Opened and Blessed by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Cooray OMI (Archbishop of Colombo). Students formed a guard of honour down Kernot Ave to greet the Cardinal as he arrived with the Archbishop of Melbourne with a police escort. After blessing the College, proceedings moved to the quadrangle where a large crowd including students, parents and nuns watched the official unveiling of the plaque by the Federal Minister for Immigration and local MP, Rt Hon Billy Snedden. Seated on the dais with the Federal Minister was Fr Noel Coghlan (Parish Priest of Springvale), Fr William Cagney OMI (Provincial of the Oblates in Australia), His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Cooray OMI (Archbishop of Colombo), Archbishop Knox (Archbishop of Melbourne), Fr Kevin Toomey (Parish Priest of Clayton), Bishop Cullinane (Auxilliary to Archbishop Knox) and the Rector.

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Fr William Cagney OMI in Talks to Establish New College

Talks commenced between The Most Reverend Dr Daniel Mannix (Archbishop of Melbourne) and Fr William Cagney OMI (Provincial Oblates Australia) about the possibility of a new secondary College located in the South Eastern suburbs of  Melbourne being established and operated by the religious order known as the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Oblates).

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded by a Catholic priest named Eugene de Mazenod in Aix-en-Provence, France in the early 1800’s and were officially approved as a new congregation in 1826 by Pope Leo XII. Their mission to Australia commenced in 1894 when Frs Roger Hennessy OMI and Daniel O’Ryan OMI arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia.

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