Cardinal’s timely visit

Work on Viard gym un­der way

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Welling­ton’s new cardinal last week blessed the site where Bishop Viard Col­lege’s $ 2.5 mil­lion gym­na­sium will be built.

John Dew ar­rived back from Rome only two weeks ago, af­ter be­ing el­e­vated by Pope Fran­cis as one of 20 new car­di­nals. He is just the fourth New Zealan­der to be made a cardinal.

At Bishop Viard Col­lege on Tues­day, he told staff and stu­dents that the new gym­na­sium and prin­ci­pal, Rose SawayaBax­ter, rep­re­sented fresh be­gin­nings for the re­gion’s only Catholic co-ed school.

‘‘I wel­come Rose be­ing here,’’ he said. ‘‘You bring great com­mit­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence to the role and I look for­ward to work­ing with you. Any­thing I can can do to sup­port our young peo­ple in ed­u­ca­tion, I will do,’’ he said.

The cardinal said the gym­na­sium was a long time com­ing and he was sure it would meet the mod­ern re­quire­ments for health and fit­ness for the col­lege’s stu­dents.

He turned the first sod on the site, where the ten­nis courts cur­rently sit, and promised to be back for the grand open­ing.

Dew re­called that last month’s cer­e­mony in Rome, held at St Peter’s Basil­ica, was ‘‘sim­ple but beau­ti­ful’’.

Strong speaker: Cardinal Dew ad­dresses Bishop Viard Col­lege stu­dents and staff, and vis­i­tors to the school, for the turn­ing of the first sod for the new gym­na­sium.

FAIR­FAX

Mem­o­rable mo­ment: Bishop Viard Col­lege prin­ci­pal Rose Sawaya-Bax­ter

and Cardinal Dew are wel­comed with a school haka.

Hot work: The cardinal had to put his back into turn­ing the first sod. Pho­tos:

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