Christ as our Centre
The tradition and mission of John Paul College is found in the life and ministry of Jesus. It is a vision centered on the reign of God; the Good News that God is at work in our world, liberating and transforming all aspects of human existence and creation. The College strives to put into practice the message of the Gospels, in its structures, processes, programs and activities. This intent is clearly illustrated by the College’s motto “With Him is the Fullness of Life”.
The College name, and the traditions of the founders, witness to the loyalty of the College to the Catholic faith. There is recognition of the important place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her symbol is on the College crest. She had a special place in the devotions of the popes, and the College’s founding religious societies. The College chapel is dedicated to her name, Our Lady, Help of Christians.
John Paul College offers parents, students and staff an opportunity to experience community life in a faith filled environment. Each student is invited to develop their personal faith and the meaning and value in life through sacramental celebration, prayer, liturgy, retreats and other religious celebrations. The College provides participation in the life of the Church and recognition of the need for a more just society.
The life of the faith community is a cooperative venture of each and every member of the College family. The community is assisted by the Director of Faith Development, and College Chaplains. The College Chaplains are appointed by the Archbishop from our region’s parish priests.
As a faith community, we welcome every student and family into our midst.
The College challenges our students to accept the call of the People of God to carry on the Church’s mission of:
• Service (especially to the marginalised of our society)
• Community formation
• Teaching and witness
• Worship and celebration
The students through their Social Justice Committee and Liturgical Committee strive to put into practice the call of the Gospels.
They are actively involved with numerous groups, e.g. The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Caritas Australia, Community breakfast, Red Cross, and Make Poverty History. Each year, the College’s four Houses select a social justice cause and actively support it through fundraising and publicity. The College’s core beliefs are encompassed in the Mission Statement