Opening and Blessing of Brother Joseph McAteer Centre & Marist Mission March (Issue 7 2017)

Written on the 25 May 2017

Wednesday 17 May 2017 was a big day for Sacred Heart College. For the first time, the whole school gathered together on school grounds for the Opening and Blessing of the Br Joseph McAteer Centre. The Mass was celebrated by Most Reverend Archbishop Philip Wilson and Con-celebrated by Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, Monsignor Ian Dempsey, Monsignor Rob Egar and Fr Peter Sheedy.

As well has the opening and blessing of our wonderful new learning and conference space, the inaugural inductees of the Sacred Heart College Hall of Honour were presented to our community. The Hall of Honour recognises the wide-range of achievements of our old collegians through multiple disciplines such as Religion; Academia; Law; Entertainment; Medicine; Business and Commerce; Politics; Armed Services; Sport and Contribution to community, and particularly outstanding service to the Sacred Heart community. The inaugural inductees, for the most part, reflect the achievements of old collegians in the first 80 years of the College' history. Future inductions in the Hall of Honour will reflect the achievements of our more recent alumni, as the school transitioned into a co-educational College in the 1970's. 

Br Peter Carroll, Provincial of the Marist Province of Australia, spoke about Br Joseph's contribution to the College as Principal between 1916 and 1924 before Brother Jordan Redden unveiled the plaque that was blessed by His Grace, Archbishop Wilson.

It was the first time that all students from both campuses had gathered together on school grounds. They were joined by a number of distinguished guests and friends of the College. Following Mass, all students took part in the annual Marist Mission March from Sacred Heart Senior to Angus Neil Reserve at Seacliff. Each year we walk in solidarity with those in our global Marist community and raise funds which directly supports those who are marginalised through our Marist Immersion programs in India, Fiji and The Philippines.

The event also recognised 50 years of 'Marist' at our Mitchell Park campus, which was opened in 1967, and 120 years of Sacred Heart College.

Hall of Honour Inductees

Graham Spurling attended Sacred Heart from 1949-1953. Graham was recognised as a member of the Order of Australia through his contribution to the manufacturing industry, having held a number of Executive and non-executive postings, both locally and abroad, including CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Australia. The late Bart Cummings attended Sacred Heart from 1941-1942. The inaugural member of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, Bart is the undisputed icon of the Australian Racing industry, the "Cup King" claiming 12 Melbourne Cups. Matthew Pavlich attended Sacred Heart from 1997-1999. Widely renowned as one of the best forwards and captains in modern Australian Rules Football, Matthew represented Fremantle in 353 games over 17 years, being named All Australian on 6 occasions.

Rob Kerin attended Sacred Heart from 1966-1971. He served as Deputy Premier of South Australia from 1998-2001 and as our 43rd Premier from October 2001 to March 2002. Actively involved in the areas of industry and sport, Rob is currently the Executive Chairman of Primary Producers South Australia and Regional SA.

Leonard Faulkner attended Sacred Heart College from 1940-1941. He was ordained a priest in Rome on the first day of 1950. He was later appointed as the 17th Archbishop of Adelaide in 1985. Archbishop Faulkner was renowned for his work with migrant and refugee communities and his support of children and adults with disabilities. He retired in 2011 and is currently Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide.

Jim Whiting attended Sacred Heart College from 1966-1974. He is currently the managing-director of Badge Constructions the state's leading commercial builder, and one of our nation's largest privately owned commercial construction companies. It is also the company which constructed the Br Joseph McAteer Centre. Jim is a long standing member of the Sacred Heart College Foundation, alongside several other voluntary positions and committees.

David Sincock attended Sacred Heart from 1951-1960 and played cricket for Australia at test-match level between 1964 and 1966. David played 46 first-class matches for South Australia and was credited by the great Sir Garry Sobers as being the biggest turner of the ball he ever faced. The late Dr Lawrie Smart attended Sacred Heart from 1941-1946. An innovator, Dr Smart was made a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to orthodontics. Dr Smart also pioneered the treatment of cleft palate patients in South Australia. An early student of Aquinas College, Dr Smart was the inaugural student president.
Bill Denny attended Sacred Heart from 1958-1965. Upon leaving school, Bill joined the Army and over 21 years, served in South Vietnam and PNG, as ADC (Aide de Camp) to the Governor General and on exchange duty with the British Army in Germany. Leaving the Army in 1990 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Bill was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for service to the community, particularly veterans and their families. Shaun Micallef attended Sacred Heart from 1972-1979. He is an Australian comedian, writer, producer, actor and TV presenter. A former College Captain of Sacred Heart, Shaun completed a Law Degree at the University of Adelaide before pursuing a career in entertainment, later being awarded a Logie in 1989, 2000, 2010 and 2016. Bernard Wadsworth attended Sacred Heart College from 1947-1951 and was the leading physicist in his field for decades. In 1961 he joined the Laboratory of Nuclear Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was later promoted to Principal Research Engineer. He retired from the Laboratory for Nuclear Science at MIT in 2003 after 41 years of distinguished service. Dr Leon Simon attended Sacred Heart from 1955-1963. Receiving a PhD from the University of Adelaide, he held positions at several distinguished universities both domestically and abroad, and later became Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University before serving as Chair of Mathematics in 1998. In 1994 Dr Simon was awarded the Bocher memorial prize, which is only awarded every 5 years to a ground breaking author in analysis.
Dean Wills attended Sacred Heart from 1947 1949. His outstanding business career spanned 46 years and included roles as Chairman and Chief Executive of Coca-Cola Amatil. He was awarded businessman of the year in 1990 by the Australian Business Magazine and credited his wonderful career to resilience, persistence and determination. Rob Chapman attended Sacred Heart from 1976-1980. Rob is a former Managing Director of Bank SA and Chief Executive of St. George Bank, and is considered one of the state's most influential business leaders. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Adelaide Football Club and Chairman of the Adelaide Airport, and is a member of the Premier's Economic Development Cabinet.

The late Philip Kennedy attended Sacred Heart from 1944-1948. He was a rear-admiral in the Royal Australian Navy and was later promoted to Commodore. Philip was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 1987 for exceptional service and performance of duty in the Royal Australian Navy, and is the highest ranking Old Collegian in Australia's armed forces.

The late John Willis attended Sacred Heart from 1921-1926 and was professed Brother Damian Willis in 1927. He is a former Director and Principal at Randwick and Assumption Colleges, was the first Old Collegian to return as Principal in 1952, and was appointed Provincial in 1956.
The late James Gleeson attended Sacred Heart in 1937. After being ordained a priest in 1945, he later became Director of Catholic Education in the Adelaide Archdiocese. In 1961 he became the first South Australian priest to become Archbishop of Adelaide. The late Albert Hannan attended Sacred Heart in 1903 and through a highly distinguished academic and legal career, he became Crown Solicitor of South Australia for 25 years. He was a champion in the commissioning of Aquinas College in Adelaide and has a wing of the College named in honour of his legacy. The late Robert Stigwood attended Sacred Heart from 1945-1950. He was a music entrepreneur and film producer and is known internationally for his contribution to the music industry. He is perhaps best known as Manager of the Bee Gees. In 2015, he was inducted into the South Australia Hall of Fame and established a fellowship program which mentors local musicians. Sergio Melta attended Sacred Heart from 1972-1975. He is a former Australian soccer player who played more than 500 games across 22 years for Adelaide City, where he won 3 national championships and was crowned National Soccer League Player of the Year in 1986. Sergio represented Australia in 1986 and is one of 3 Australians who have achieved UEFA A accreditation.
John Fitzgerald attended Sacred Heart College from 1976-1977. As a professional tennis player, his greatest highlights came during the 11 years he represented Australia in the Davis Cup. John held a former Number 1 Doubles Ranking, won 7 Grand Slam Doubles Titles, a Career men's Doubles Grand Slam and was Australia's Davis Cup Captain from 2001-2010.      







































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