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Fond farewell to Marist Brothers

Brother Gerry this week farewells Emerald Marist college bound for Ireland, and brothers Bernard and Mark leave at the end of the year.
Brother Gerry this week farewells Emerald Marist college bound for Ireland, and brothers Bernard and Mark leave at the end of the year.

IT is an end to a tradition but the start to new adventures.

Marist College is holding a goodbye afternoon tea tomorrow to farewell its three Marist Brothers.

The afternoon tea will be held at the Emerald Town Hall supper room prior to the college awards ceremony and assistant principal Meaghan Tucker said everyone was welcome to come and say goodbye.

"The provincial of Marist Brothers decided they would be better used elsewhere," Mrs Tucker said.

"The Marist tradition has been established here so it's a good time for them to try new things.

"We are sad they are going.

"Brother Gerry is travelling around Ireland and Brother Bernard and Brother Mark will leave at the end of the year."

The college has had Brothers with them since they were established in 1996.

"The school is established in the Marist tradition and the Brothers are here to live that and teach that to students and teachers," Mrs Tucker said.

"They work and live together and generally complete about five years at the school.

"Brother Gerry looked after school archives and the kids loved him. He was the granddad of the school and loves to sing and play musical instruments and sit around a fire.

"Brother Bernard is our Japanese Brother who started here in 1997 and teaches Japanese. He is very gentle, a kind man.

"Brother Mark taught religion and is our campus minister. He started things like our St Vincent De Paul group and our community outreach program.

"He is very generous and compassionate to people."

Mrs Tucker said the Marist tradition would still continue through its teachers and school leaders.

"We will still have visits from Marist Brothers during the year to see staff and students and help keep the tradition alive," she said.


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