Two towns, one faith

The Cobram Courier - - SAN RUFINO OPENING -

St Mary of the An­gels Se­condary Col­lege is a Fran­cis­can ed­u­ca­tional com­mu­nity with a charism which is based on the lives and spirit of Saint Fran­cis and Saint Clare of As­sisi.

The col­lege it­self is named af­ter the chapel in As­sisi where Fran­cis be­gan the Fran­cis­can move­ment.

The new Year 7 Learn­ing Cen­tre has been named San Rufino in hon­our of the San Rufino Cathe­dral in As­sisi. It is named af­ter Bishop Rufino of As­sisi who was mar­tyred in the third cen­tury.

The cathe­dral has im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to the Fran­cis­can or­der. It is here that St Fran­cis of As­sisi (1182), St Clare (1193) and many other dis­ci­ples were bap­tised. The build­ing has many ref­er­ences to wa­ter and pro­vided the only bap­tismal font in As­sisi up un­til the mid-1920s.

Sim­i­larly, the de­sign of San Rufino at St Mary of the An­gels draws a va­ri­ety of ref­er­ences to wa­ter in­clud­ing the col­lege’s prox­im­ity to the Bro­ken Creek through a mu­ral map of the flow­ing wa­ter­way.

In 2019, the col­lege will con­duct a sec­ond pil­grim­age op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to im­merse them­selves in the Fran­cis­can charism. The two-week pil­grim­age will fol­low in the foot­steps of St Fran­cis through As­sisi and Rome and is a won­der­ful learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for those who at­tend.

San RuÀno Cathe­dral in As­sisi.

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