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World Youth Day ended on 21 August. We returned physically exhausted, but spiritually refreshed with the World Youth Day hymn in our hearts. Firmes en la fe, firmes en la fe! We go forward in Christ, He’s our companion and He is Lord! Glory be to Him! Glory be to Him! We go forward in Christ, Made stronger in our faith Mr Joe El-Khoury WYD 2011 Co-ordinator WYD Opening Mass: James Sinclair, Declan McCarthy, Justin Owen, Louis Rickard-Ford and Paddy Morgan. little faith”. It was our faith that kept us safe and our faith that kept us together and helped us to endure the storm. As the sea of two million pilgrims began to pray the storm began to break. Pope Benedict XVI praised us for our resilience and faith. We woke the next morning to a beautiful red sun rising upon the distant horizon; a stunning scene to complement the spectacular night shared in good spirits, as his Holiness retuned to be with us for our closing mass. It was then that we could see all the faithful rejoicing and standing firm Surf Lifesaving Club ear 12) playing the pipes for the North SteyneEllis Cooper - Frater (Y together for our Lord. The last few days of the pilgrimage were the most Ellis Cooper-Frater (Year 12) recently featured in an article difficult and tiring for us and many other pilgrims. I was in The Wall Street Journal. Ellis was interviewed by the inspired by the perseverance, patience, and great spirit of newspaper in his capacity as a member of the North our boys. Throughout the pilgrimage, I was privileged to Steyne Surf Livfesaving Club. The piece reported on some witness their joyful faith. I am very proud of the way they of the dying traditions of surf clubs, especially the famed participated with such fervour and devotion throughout the March Past and Parade. Ellis is a member of the North pilgrimage to World Youth Day. I am deeply grateful to our Steyne Marching Team and can be regularly seen on the Chaplain, Fr Peter Hosking SJ for his spiritual guidance of beach on patrol or playing his bagpipes to support the our staff and boys and to our Pilgrim Group Leaders, Mr North Steyne Club. Mijo Ticinovic, Ms Liz Moody, Mr Daniel Fallico, Ms Viv Awad and Ms Felicity McCallum for their leadership and Extending History untiring dedication throughout the pilgrimage. I extend our organise our journal and co-ordinate the communication THistory in 2011. Luke McAlpin (SAC 2011) camehis is the reflection of our top student in Extension thanks to Mrs Michele Curtin for her support in helping to between us and our families whilst we were away. second in the State in Extension History. He thoroughly Finally, we are appreciative and indebted to Mr deserves this high placing because throughout the course Anthony Cleary Director of Religious Education and all the he displayed a willingness to research, assess and analyse remarkable staff at the Catholic Education Office in Sydney historical thought. Luke is one of the best, most dedicated who worked closely with us to provide a wonderful and students who has undertaken this course at the College. seamless experience for our Pilgrimage. Mrs Caroline Linschoten Head of History What happens now? Though life will never be quite not grow without careful cultivation. For each of us who Topportunities at St Aloysius’ College that provides nothe study of History Extension is one of the many the same after this experience, seeds that are planted do have experienced the intense grace of WYD Madrid, we only enjoyment and fulfillment to the learner, but also a are now called to be witnesses to what we have seen broadening of one’s horizons. From only a year in the study and heard and to be a conduit of the power supplied of historiography – the purposes and construction of history – I by the Holy Spirit to our families and friends and to our have conclusively gained invaluable skills in research, essay local community back at Milsons Point. For this, I ask your writing, and an appreciation of the study of history far beyond continued prayers for all of us! the study of Ancient or Modern History at a HSC level. St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 39


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