Much-loved College Chaplain Father Gavin Foster SM recently celebrated 40 years in the priesthood, a remarkable achievement by a man whose pleasant manner and dedication to spreading the Gospel is an example to us all.
For 75 years, a letter to Michel Bourgeau from his father in New Caledonia languished in the College archives. A chance discovery triggered a search to locate the Joeys Old Boy and deliver him the correspondence. Now Michel is reconnected with the school – and has a cherished memento of a parent's love.
Stan McCabe is one of the greatest batsmen to have pulled on a baggy green cap, but even though he was rated as good as Sir Donald Bradman, the salt of the earth Joeys boy never forgot his roots – or his mates – as a 1930 Ashes tour letter to the College Headmaster reveals.
Joeys is at the forefront of contemporary education, but what was it like in the 1960s and ’70s – a turbulent period in Australia’s history? Brother Michael Green studied at Joeys from 1967 to 1972 and was a member of the College staff between 1979 and 1986. He has since been a teacher and headmaster in Marist schools across Australia, and served as the first National Director of Marist Schools Australia. Here he remembers his life as a Joe Boy and the valuable lessons he learnt at College during a time of great upheaval.
At the crack of dawn, just before the morning sun strikes the statue of Mary, and makes its way down the sandstone walls of the main building, a group of Joeys boys are well into their final week of swim training for the 2020/21 summer season.
Joseph McMahon is a colossus of Joeys history. Humble and devout, he would certainly have balked at such a description, but there can be little doubt his nine years at the helm of St Joseph’s College brought great success in all fields of endeavour.