Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Welcome back to Term Three to all our families and students. Over the last week I, and many others were held spellbound by the rescue of the “Wild Boars” Soccer team from the flooded caves in Thailand. It is truly amazing what can be achieved when people work together using their talents and skills to achieve a common goal. As we begin this new term we too have a common goal- to provide our young men with a Catholic education for the future that prepares them to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Provincial Chapter Augustinian Australian-Asia Province 2018
During the recent Semester break I had the opportunity to attend the Provincial Chapter of the Augustinian Fathers of Australia/Asia Province. The Chapter is held every four years and through a process of discussion and discernment the Chapter determines the key priorities for the Order over the next four years. One of the key priorities for the Augustinian Order of Australia/Asia remains a strong commitment to the education mission of the two Augustinian Colleges in Australia, Villanova College and St Augustine’s College.
At the Chapter the Augustinian Fathers elect a new Prior Provincial and Provincial Council. Fr Peter Jones OSA was elected Prior Provincial and we congratulate Fr Peter Jones OSA on his election and keep him and the Provincial Council in our prayers. Provincial Counsellors of the Australian/Asia Province are Frs Brian Buckley OSA, John Sullivan OSA, Peter Wieneke OSA and Francis Belciña OSA, Provincial Bursar and Reserve Provincial Counsellor- Fr Dave Austin OSA, Provincial Secretary and Reserve Provincial Counsellor- Fr Percival Sevare OSA.
Back Row: Frs Percival Sevare OSA (Provincial Secretary and Reserve Counsellor), Peter Wieneke OSA, John Sullivan OSA (Counsellors), David Austin OSA (Provincial Bursar and Reserve Counsellor), Francis Belciña OSA and Brian Buckley OSA (Counsellors).
Front Row: Br Ki Hoon (Salesio) Lee OSA (Delegation Superior, Korea), Fr Alejandro Moral Anton OSA (Prior General), Fr Peter Jones OSA (Prior Provincial), Fr Anthony Banks OSA (Assistant General – Asia Pacific).
I acknowledge the dedication and support of Fr Dave Austin OSA, Provincial emeritus who is well known to our community. Fr Dave has been a great supporter of Villanova College and I thank him for his leadership and support over the past four years. Congratulations also to Fr Peter Wieneke OSA, College Chaplain on his election to the Provincial Council.
The Australian/Asia Augustinian Chapter 2018 Participants
Our Year 12 Students will be attending their Retreat experience over the next four days and we keep them in our prayers during this important time. The Retreat provides an opportunity for our young men to pause, reflect and pray. Each of the retreat groups will be interacting with a social justice problem and will reflect on how the social problem may be addressed.
On Friday evening the Year 11 students will host the Villanova College Semi-Formal at Dockside. This event provides an opportunity for our young men to display their gentlemanly qualities in a social setting. I am confident they will conduct themselves in the correct and appropriate manner.
We keep in our prayers Mr Michael Feltoe, son of staff member Mrs Pauline Feltoe who is undergoing surgery next week.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal