22 February 2017 : A newsletter of the Australian Jesuits

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Celebrating 70 years


A very sprightly band of past pupils gathered recently for the 70th Anniversary of the opening of St Louis College.


From left to right Fr John Prendiville, Des Wells, Frank Quinlivan and Gerard Barnard.  These gentlemen were first day boys who attended St Louis on 23rd May 1937. The Jesuits opened St Louis College in Perth on 23 May 1938, following a request from the Archbishop of Perth. In 1971, the Jesuits withdrew from proprietorship of the school, leaving it to the Archdiocese.


The school merged with Loreto Convent School, and became John XXIII College in 1977. It is now a Jesuit partner school.


A number of the old boys from the school attended the anniversary celebrations. A Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated by Fr John Prendiville who himself, was one of the boys present on the first day of the school's operation. Three other ‘first day boys' were also present for the celebrations.


‘Many a fond story was told about the Jesuit priests and brothers who taught the boys', said John XXIII College Principal Anne Fry. ‘They reminisced with vivid memories of their boyhood exploits and adventures-although many of them are now grandfathers!'


‘Seventy years on, the friendship and spirit evident among the "Old Boys" is testimony to the great sense of connection the former students felt to the College and their teachers', she said.


Drinks and hospitality followed in the John XXIII College café.


‘There was general consensus that the ‘old boys' should meet again, but not to wait quite as long next time', said Fry.


Further details of reunions planned can be obtained from Mrs Anna Gingell (Alumni Development Officer John XXIII College) Phone (08) 9383 0520 or email gingell.anna@johnxxiii.edu.au.


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