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Welcome Fr Christian Fini OMI

23 April 2015

 First Term was an interesting period in the history of the College with two Rectors, but as I mentioned to the Year 7s on their first day, if the Church can have two Popes why can’t Mazenod have two Rectors, at least for one Term. Mission Action Day marked Fr Michael Twigg’s last day here at Mazenod, and was a very significant day to farewell him, and one that I am sure he will fondly remember. The following week when I arrived for my first day at work the School was basically empty with everyone on Easter break. While it was a little strange at first, the two week Easter break gave me a wonderful opportunity to settle into the office and my new role.

It is certainly a little different to when I first came to Mazenod in 1987 as a Year 7 Student, at least this time I was substantially bigger than my bag, the clothes I was wearing on my first day as Rector were not two sizes too big and at least this time I knew how to navigate the labyrinth of corridors. However, at the beginning of this week as the corridors burst into life again I experienced almost the same wonderful mixture of excitement and a touch of nerves that makes you realise you are alive as I did 28 years ago - Oh and the other constant I should mention are the 21 Staff members who are still here from when I was a Student.

With the first week of Term 2 behind me the nerves are gone and I remain excited to be here at Mazenod College to serve the Community as Rector. I am extremely happy to give something back to a Community that has shaped my life and has helped form me into the person I am. As a former student I am well aware of the long tradition at Mazenod of striving for excellence in all areas in taking up the challenge to ‘Leave Nothing Undared’, and I will ‘Leave Nothing Undared’ in my role to continue and strengthen this tradition. As an Oblate I am equally aware of the long tradition at Mazenod of being a place that allows a young man to nurture their faith and take up the challenge to follow in Christ’s footsteps to live life to the fullest. I certainly take very seriously the role of the Mazenod Community assisting families in their role of formation of our Students into good young men in all areas of their lives: intellectually, spiritually, socially, morally and physically.

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