115 Years of Education


On Thursday 8 August, we celebrated 115 years of education in the Brigidine Tradition at Kilbreda College.

To acknowledge this momentous occasion we gathered as a school community to celebrate the Eucharist. It was wonderful that special friends of the College, such as Sister Anne Hill – Leader of the Victorian Brigidine Community, Brigidine Sisters, Father Peter Matheson, Mrs Marcella Reiter – chair of the Kilbreda College Stewardship Council, Mrs Denise Leonard – chair of the Past Pupils’ Network Committee, as well as four past Principals of the College – Sister Angela Ryan, Sister Helen Toohey, Ms Mary Stack and Mrs Teresa Lincoln could be present with us to reflect on the spirit that is Kilbreda.

The Mass was a wonderful celebration of our community. Symbols that reflected both our past and present were used to reinforce the Brigidine ideals that, as a community, we value, such as inclusiveness, hope, love and justice. Current staff member and past pupil of the College, Ms Denise Dunne, delivered a beautiful reflection on her experiences, migrating to Australia in Year 8 and being embraced by the Kilbreda College community. She recalled how Sister Mary Dalton and the Brigidine Sisters welcomed her and her family with open and generous hearts and she reminded us of the love, strength and kindliness that resides in the walls of our red brick school and defines us as Kilbreda girls.

Mr Bill Fitzsimons ensured this celebration of the Eucharist was a joyous one and tapped into our spirituality through his wonderful unpacking and contextualising of the concept of the Eucharist.

Father Peter Matheson in his homily, highlighted the correlation between the great woman of the church, St Mary MacKillop, whose feast day it was that day, and the Brigidine Sisters. Father Peter took a few moments to acknowledge the courage, faith and strength shown by the Brigidine Sisters in the early days of our College and the enduring legacy they left for future generations of Kilbreda students.

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