Mater Dei celebrates Feast of St Benedict

Aug 9, 2013

02Aug13_dg (2)On Friday 2nd August, Mater Dei celebrated (belatedly) the Feast of St Benedict. Prior to the celebration of Mass with our extended community we blessed our beautiful new statue of Mary Mother of God (Mater Dei). Adorning the front of our school, our statue is a reminder that our work here is inspired by the mother of God and that like those characteristics of all mums, Mater Dei is a place where tenderness, understanding, love, patience and selflessness are prized above all else. Our statue captures these motherly qualities very obviously, just as it does the gentleness and love of the relationship between mother and child.

For this, I am especially grateful for the attentiveness, creativity and magnificent skill of our artist and sculptress LINDA KLARFELD. From our initial meeting, Linda was especially attentive and sensitive to those qualities we had hoped to capture in our statue and she worked conscientiously and with great grace and care to give witness to those values as she brought the statue to life.

Our community was delighted to welcome the Principals of all other Good Samaritan Colleges  as well as students and staff from St Mary’s Star 02Aug13_dg (16)of the Sea,  St Patrick’s College, Rosebank, St Scholastica’s, Stella Maris, Mount St Benedict’s and Lourdes Hill.  It was the generosity of the Good Samaritan Principals who made this beautiful statue possible by their support. Our statue is a very tangible symbol of the solidarity between Good Samaritan Colleges but more so the affection with which Mater Dei, our students and community is held in the hearts and minds of every other Good Samaritan College. At Mater Dei, we never feel alone among our sister Colleges and we are grateful of the respect, care and affection they constantly show for our students and our whole community.

Tony Fitzgerald
Mater Dei