In front of a crowd of more than 800 people, Fr Philip Marshall led a very special liturgical celebration to officially open and bless Kildare College’s newest building, the Brigidine Centre on Wednesday 8 May.
Principal Margaret Rouggos formally welcomed guests to the centre, followed by Fr Philip Marshall’s invitation to the audience to participate in the Introductory Right and the Liturgy of the Word. He then delivered the Homily. Guests were treated to musical and dance performances by Kildare College students, interspersed in the traditional celebrations.
Prayers of the Community were delivered verse by verse by significant members of the community, including a student, past staff member, Brigidine Sister, Parent, Co-chair of Trustees of Kildare Ministries, Executive Officer Kildare Education Ministries and current staff member.
Symbols that will adorn each room, including a large scale contemporary St Brigids metal cross that will create a statement in the foyer upon entry to the building, were blessed in front of the school community before a live feed followed Fr Philip through the building to bless the remaining rooms.
The plaque was unveiled by the co-chairs of the Trustees of Kildare Ministries Sr Maree Marsh CSB and Ms Rosemary Copeland.
Following official proceedings, guests enjoyed food prepared by the Food and Hospitality students and took the opportunity to reminisce about their association with the College. Guests were invited to tour the building and were amazed by what had been achieved by the College.
The name of the building honours the five Brigidine sisters who in 1966 established a new Brigidine school called Kildare College in the North East of Adelaide, at the request of Archbishop Beovich of Adelaide. It recognizes the hard work of all Brigidine Sisters who taught at the College throughout its history, and the presence of the Brigidine Sisters in Adelaide who proudly educated young women in the Brigidine tradition. Furthermore, it cements the importance of their hard work for future Kildare students, and this should certainly be acknowledged and honored with great esteem.
The project was completed in 180 days by Sarah Constructions. It is the newest building on the Kildare landscape and the first for over 30-years.