200 Years launch celebrated in the Northern Territory

1 Mar 2021

St John’s Catholic Senior College Darwin

On 1 March, Catholic Education Northern Territory hosted an official launch to start the 200 year celebrations at St Mary’s Cathedral, which also shares the same site as the first Catholic school, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School established in 1908.

The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Darwin Charles Gauci, with Catholic Education Northern Territory director Greg O’Mullane and other guests attending.

Students from O’Loughlin Catholic College Karama, MacKillop Catholic College Darwin, St John’s Catholic College Darwin, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Darwin and Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Wanguri, involved throughout the Mass.

MacKillop Catholic College student at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Bishop Charles said Catholic education has been extremely important for Catholic people, and beyond, over the last 200 years.

“It has provided holistic education based on our Catholic principles for thousands upon thousands of young people,” he said in a media release.

“As a young man, I personally benefitted from Catholic schooling in South Australia during the 1960s.

“Education is forever evolving, and Catholic schools too are evolving,” he said.

Bishop Charles said we look forward to the continuing enhancement of the vision and mission of Catholic education in the NT.

MacKillop Catholic College student at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Catholic Education Northern Territory also shared a video featuring every school established to celebrate the bicentenary.

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