Two towns, one faith
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.