"The Year 2005 is the 125th year of the founding of St Ignatius College, Riverview, a school which has provided an education in the liberal, classical tradition for the small catholic elite of NSW, with the aim of producing Catholic leaders. "
From Fr Frank Brennan's sermon, he highlights this key issue of producing Catholic leaders in the context of 'men for others'. Brennan relates to how many opportunities we have, as he compares the harsh landscape of Woomera to the majestic drive of Saint Ignatius. Riverview offers opportunities through the consistent application of both curricular and co-curricular religious formation, as well as aspects of the School such as culture, sport and spirituality that endeavour us "to bring the religious cultural and Ignatian ethos to the leadership team, and demonstrates the importance that is placed on this part of the students formation within the school environment"
My education has provided many opportunities to fulfil Fr.
Brennan's tasks. Firstly, through my spiritual connection with the school I have prepared myself both morally and ethically. My morals have transformed through preparing me for an active role in the Christian community. From the service for others, I have experienced the viewpoint from many personalities such as the poor, frail and lonely. This has impacted on my nature and outlook to life. In my 20 hours of community service I worked at Kamilaroi nursing home. This experience helped me to find God in all things and was one of the ways the school helped me to fulfil Fr Frank Brennan's dream. Working at Kamilaroi further taught me to excel beyond just the classroom and 'dare to do your best'. Excelling beyond the classroom and being around people that have made sacrifices for others relates back to the Jesuits work at Woomera.
From Fr. Brennan's reflection on his experiences and work at Woomera Detention Centre, where the legal and spiritual needs of those who have no voice, he strives to respond to those around him. In reflection, we are led to question how we can achieve the "greater good".
My education has changed many qualities and characteristics about me. Riverview has awoken me to achieve the most I can do in life, faith and conduct for others. The label 'Where I love, I live' which appeared on the cover of the 2002 School Alma Mater relates to Fr Franks asks about 'being more alive to God's actions in the world.' I can reflect on this statement through house retreats that serve as an opportunity to become 'a man of our time'. From House retreats, I have being inspired from personal and other experiences of faith. Through this I have learnt how to be "confident in faith".
At the end of community service we handed in a reflection booklet. In these booklets you answered questions like where do you could see God? and what type of feelings are you experiencing from your service? These booklets helped us reflect on our experiences in similar ways to Ignatius. We can relate our community service to answering Father Frank Brennan's call from messages such as 'choose the greater good', 'Life is always full of choices' and 'let us share the joy and challenge of this new gift' from our reflection programs. Riverview helped me make good choices on how to live. I was made aware, through the reflection program, on how I can achieve "greater good".
From Fr. Brennan's reflection on his experiences and work at Woomera Detention Centre, where the legal and spiritual needs of those who have no voice, he strives to respond to those around him. In the reflection aspect, we are led to question how question how we can achieve 'choosing greater good', Riverview has helped me make the correct choices in life which has brought me closer to achieving 'greater good' and becoming a true 'man for others'.
In fulfilling Fr. Franks asks, a graduate may have to face many situations and self-issues. Life experience offers many of real world questions and in order to live the way Fr Frank asks, graduates should confront situations such as helping others who face very grim outlooks on life, such as the woman in Fr Franks story. Situations such as the Life experience mentioned, may including visiting places of despair such as third world countries where people deal with extreme poverty. Graduates may have to confront questions of faith as well as how much of their life do they want to devote to it.
'To be more alive to God's actions in the world', graduates could confront questions about becoming closer to God. Graduates could become closer to God through acts of sacrifice. This could develop a graduate to understand and to be more aware of and find God in everything. From religious self-discovery, graduates could find the direction in which they live their lives as Fr Frank asks. The could also experience those who are in need, such as the people in Woomera, which may outline and is Help in choosing to do as Fr Frank asks
Some of the questions a graduate should confront after having experienced service in one of these forms could relate to the significance of Jesus, What does he mean in my life? How can I improve my relationship with Jesus? How do respect others? What choices can I make to improve my relationship with Jesus? How can I put my love and choices into action? More Questions that a graduate might ask could relate to social, cultural, ethical and moral judgment on issues of concern, which then directly relate back to his relationship with God.
A graduate will discover that they are achieving a number of other things, should they seek experience and answer questions like these. Some of the things may include being more aware of God's presence amongst us, daring to do your best, finding more about himself as well as his connections with the lord. From his service and helping others, a graduate of the college will finish their journey closer to God. And through a vision, confront many situations and questions in efforts to become a man as great as Ignatius.