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from SACOBU Classmates congratulate The Most Reverend Bill Wright (SAC 1970) on his appointment as Bishop of Newcastle. From left to right Graham Firth (SAC 1970). Michael Firth (Year 6), Most Rev. Phil Wright (SAC Dr Shane Ingate (SAC 1974) at the South Pole. 1970), David Wonder (SAC 1970) and Tony Lavan (SAC 1970). one of his key challenges is building instrumentation to survive Old Boy Bishop extremely hazardous environments, e.g., the polar regions O1970) as Eighth Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle. POLENET will consist of 17 permanent stations, and up toand Mars. This work recently took him to Antarctica. Shanespent the summer there working on an internationally fundednetwork of seismic stations called POLENET. When complete,n Wednesday, 15 June 2011, I attended theOrdination of Rev Fr William Joseph Wright (SAC Bishop Wright was ordained by Cardinal George Pell at the 80 temporary stations distributed across the continent. The Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart in Newcastle. challenge is to build equipment that will survive the harsh and My family was invited to attend Bishop Wright’s ordination dark Antarctic winter. Shane was fortunate to visit many remote because my father, Graham Firth (SAC 1970), and Bishop and beautiful locations, most of which have never been visited Wright were class mates at the College and have remained by man. good friends since then. The photo that appears on the cover of this edition of I had never seen so many bishops and cardinals in my life. The Aloysiad was taken at a site called Fishtail Point in the They all sat behind Cardinal Pell and a smaller group helped Trans-Antarctic Mountains in January, 2012. This site is quite with the actual ceremony. A very old cardinal attended who close to the US station at McMurdo on the Ross Sea. Shane had worked in Rome with the Pope. reports that the team also visited the South Pole and the remote The really special moments were when Bishop Wright Byrd and WAIS Divide Camps as staging areas for their knelt before Cardinal Pell who anointed his head and then his activities. Access to the sites from these inland camps are by bishop’s ring, mitre and pastoral staff were presented to him. De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft. The ring was presented by a local family, the mitre was Shane's work enables him to travel extensively to extremely presented by those involved in the teaching Ministry and the remote regions. Later this year he will be spending a month in pastoral staff was presented by a parish group of priests and Malawi. "Often getting to sites is quite an adventure. Some days local people. it was just too windy and cold and everyone was hustling to get out of the cold! One of the photos by the crashed helicopter Once it was all over Bishop Wright then went to sit in the was taken at an elevation of 3,400 meters, on the slopes of the Bishop’s Chair! mighty volcano Mt Erebus, smoking in the background. Just a A civic welcome was extended by the Lord Mayor of reminder that science can be dangerous work!" Newcastle, Councillor John Tate, then a welcome on behalf “My years at Aloys under the mentoring of the lay science of the other religious groups was delivered by the Anglican teacher, Mr Harry Power (SAC Staff 1948 – 1978 and Bishop of Newcastle, Bishop Brian Farran. SAC Hon Old Boy), was extraordinarily formative. Never far I was proud to represent the College as a current student away was the Jesuit interest in science; I recall having several at this special moment in the life of an Old Boy and former discussions on the Scientific Method with Fr Bob Bruce SJ. In Captain of the College. my early days as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, Michael Firth (Year 5.3, 2011) I had the opportunity to work with Fr Laurie Drake SJ PhD, who ran the seismological observatory at Riverview. The mould was Aloysius in Antarctica cast and I have never looked back.” “The Jesuits were the pioneers in building a global network Dfrom university. He specialises in instrumentation, and disappeared due to encroaching civilisation, the importance ofof seismological stations, and seismologists throughout theworld know of their legacy. Though many of their stations have lives in the United Statesr Shane Ingate (SAC 1974)and has worked as a seismologist since graduating St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 70


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