Spirit of Assisi in Padua College, Brisbane, Australia
Padua College BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
On 27 October Padua College played host to two very special guests as its way of honouring ‘Spirit of Assisi’ Day. Firstly, a group of Year 11 boys from the Islamic College of Brisbane enjoyed a visit to Padua. The visit began with an interfaith prayer gathering in Little Flower Church where one of the Islamic students read from the Koran in Arabic. John Boyd-Boland OFM gave a short explanation of the significance of the church as a sacred space to Catholic Christians. Matt Hufer OFM spoke about the history and tradition of the Franciscans. The students were guests at a special college assembly where one of them made the call to prayer before the assembly prayer was prayed. They left shortly after the assembly. Their visit was so successful that it will become a regular one each year.
Our second guest for the day was Ms Kathy Kelly, peace activist and three times Nobel Peace nominee. Kathy’s visit was sponsored by Pace e Bene Australia. Kathy spoke to at assembly about non-violent peaceful ways of demonstrating.
The legacy of Pope John Paul’s historic gathering in Assisi twenty-five years ago was not lost on Padua College in 2011. The visit by the students from the Islamic College and Kathy Kelly brought home to us all the importance that working and praying has on and for our world today. Mr Michael O’Brien