In the year 2000, the Inaugural Mass was held for the first time at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. The main celebrant was Bishop Denis Hart. Since then, all the College’s Inaugural Masses have been at St Patrick’s.
The 1999 Inaugural Mass was held at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University for the first time due to building work being undertaken at Mazenod College.
Mark Edwards, a former student of Mazenod College celebrated his first mass at the college. Fr. Edwards was also the first past student to be ordained as a priest.
The Inaugural Mass was held in the new College Gymnasium on the 15 February, 1980. This was the first time the Inaugural Mass was held at Mazenod College. From 1967 to 1979, it was held in various local Parish churches and then from 1980 until 1998 in the Gymnasium before moving offsite again firstly to the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University in 1999 and then St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne since 2000.
Mazenod Day was celebrated at a special mass and ceremony held at St Joseph’s Church, Springvale. The celebrant of the mass was Fr William Cagney OMI (Australian Oblate Provincial) while Fr Don Aloysius OMI, an Oblate from Sri Lanka who was visiting Australia, preached the sermon. The new Mazenod College banner was also blessed. Mazenod Day is an annual college feast which celebrates the birth of the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Eugene De Mazenod on 1 August 1782 in Aix-en-Provence, France. It is now known as Founders Day.