View News

Welcome to Mount Alvernia College!

14th Jul 2017

Mercy Partners Welcomes Mount Alvernia

Mount Alvernia transfer ceremony

On 12 July, the Missionary Franciscan Sisters at Kedron took an historic step by transferring canonical sponsorship of their College, Mount Alvernia, to Mercy Partners. Sr Catherine White mfic, Congregation Leader, said “This step was necessary to ensure that the College would go forward into the future when there were no Sisters remaining to provide governance and leadership to the College. While this decision was a difficult one for the Sisters in many ways, the decision to transfer the College to the sponsorship of Mercy Partners will mean that the College becomes part of a new community of ministries”.

The Sisters formally transferred the College during a simple ritual and social function at Mount Alvernia College on Wednesday. The function was attended by Sisters who had been Principals and teachers at Mount Alvernia over its 60-year history, Leaders and representatives of the Sisters of Mercy and the Presentation Sisters, Franciscan Friars from Little Flower Parish, the School Board and staff, student leaders and Councillors of Mercy Partners.

Dr Ray Campbell, Chair of Mercy Partners, acknowledged the many emotions that surround this event for the Sisters. He said, “Historical occasions are seen and experienced differently by those experiencing them, and letting go of the thing you have nurtured and been committed to for many years brings with it a tinge of sadness. This is to be expected. But it will also give hope and a sense of confidence in the future. The transfer to Mercy Partners will ensure the future of the ministry. The Sisters can be confident that this ministry that they have established and nurtured will remain a ministry of the Church where the spirituality of St Francis and St Clare will flourish into the future”.

Extract from St Clare of Assisi's Second Letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague
What you hold, may you [always] hold.
What you do may you [always] do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet, so that even your steps stir up no dust,
may you go forward securely, joyfully and swiftly ...