Xavier Catholic College has been built on a proud history of Ignatian Spirituality and belief in Social Justice, as evident in our Foundation Principles and School Logo and Motto.
The college takes its name from St Francis Xavier, a Jesuit priest who evangelised Asia and the Pacific. Here are some fast facts about St Francis Xavier:
Together with Mary Help of Christians, he is the patron saint of Australia.
St Francis studied at the University of Paris where he met St Ignatius of Loyola and became one of the seven who founded the Society of Jesus the Jesuits. They believed that God was to be found in all things and that the world must be stayed in, not withdrawn from and that all human endeavour could be sanctified for the greater glory of God.
St Francis is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries and evangelists of the Church.
In naming the college, Archbishop John Bathersby noted the significance of the evangelising role that the college would assume in the lives of all who are influenced by its presence in Hervey Bay.
The College provides a nurturing of the spiritual life for all members of the community and a respect for those who have held sacred the land upon which it is now established. The college is an outreach of the Hervey Bay City Catholic Parish.
The cultural and religious context of the Catholic setting for education is of particular significance to the community. The College provides a nurturing of the spiritual life, within in an Ignatian tradition.
Learning and teaching at Xavier College is centred on the learner through an Ignatian pedagogical approach. It will be achieved through a variety of learning experiences and teaching strategies. Our aim is to cater for the learning needs and styles of all learners. Learning experiences involve a commitment of the learner to continuous reflection and re-evaluation.
In promoting Ignatian Spirituality as a way of preceding, the college has worked closely with, and will continue to work with, Mr Martin Scroope, Director of the Loyola Institute and school communities who have a commitment to Ignatian Spirituality.
Catholic Social Teaching has been described as the Church's "hidden treasure". It is the sum of the Church's teaching on social justice issues and is an essential part of the Catholic faith.
We cannot be called truly Catholic unless we hear and heed the Church's call to serve those in need and work for justice and peace.
The 1971 Synod of Bishops said that "Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of world [are] a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel".
Uniya, established in 1989, is a social justice research and action centre based in Sydney's Kings Cross. It works locally and globally towards justice for marginalised groups. Uniya (pronounced oo - nee - ya) is a word from an Aboriginal language meaning "meeting place". It is named after the first Jesuit mission to Aboriginals established in 1886 in the Daly River area of the Northern Territory.
For more information please visit the website: http://uniya.org/
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It is a community that provides a quality education within our Catholic tradition