Message from Bishop Jarrett

Message from David Condon

Dear new staff member

You are about to add a chapter to your life that will be a satisfying experience. In a Catholic setting we believe that through experience, and the choices we make, we can discover or conceal the face of God. Our very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose. Each of us exercises our freedom to find this purpose as a vocation, as we pursue what is true, good and beautiful in life.

What a privilege you have then, as new staff in Catholic schools, to assist our students in learning to make quality choices in life that will lead them to what is true, beautiful and good. This privilege is best exercised through the personal witness of our lives. Pope Paul VI stated this so clearly when he wrote Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. Many centuries earlier Saint Francis of Assisi said to his friars “Sometimes when you preach you may even use words”.

To work in our schools we must be Christ centred. We are the hands and feet of Jesus and our choices will affect the lives and religious beliefs and practices of students. In matters of faith, relationships are everything. If we are baptised, we find Him in all things, nurtured on the Eucharist, Sacraments and prayer. Catholic or non-Catholic, we areĀ calledĀ by God to work in Catholic education.

As you work your way through this induction process, I hope that you develop a strong insight into what it means to work in a Catholic School in the Diocese of Lismore.

Welcome to our Diocese.

Mr David Condon

Director of Catholic Schools.

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