Mass at Joeys
As a Catholic school in the Marist tradition, St Joseph’s College is committed to educating the students in its care to become men who value and nurture their faith long after they leave school.
Boys are challenged to appreciate their responsibility to the local and global community through a commitment to the values of social justice and compassion for the needs of others.
The College is inspired by the life and vision of St Marcellin Champagnat who, in post-revolutionary France, saw the plight of the poor (particularly those who had no hope of receiving an education), and consequently began the order of Marist Brothers to counter this need.
In Australia in 1881 the Marist Brothers founded St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, and their presence continues to inspire and inform the life of the community to the present day.
St Marcellin Champagnat’s vision was that the students in the schools his Brothers founded would be ‘good Christians and good citizens’. Through spending time with those who do not have the privileges afforded through a Joeys education, the students of St Joseph’s College are encouraged to take their place in the global community, be of service to those in need and become aware of the vast differences that separate its citizens. Ultimately our students are encouraged to contribute to a more just and equitable society in the now and into the future.
Through service based opportunities, including overseas immersions, our students are guided to an understanding that the suffering of others is in fact a call to conversion; the cry of the poor and the marginalised reminds us of the uncertainty of our own life and our dependence on God and each other. We can never be indifferent to the needs of others. As a community we teach our students to accept their own limitations, and to trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us.