BLESSED ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO (1917-1980)
Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.
Individuals often become heroes because of the extraordinary courage they demonstrate. An unyielding determination to do what is right, true and just became a guiding principle for Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero.
Archbishop Romero demanded peace, a peace that could only be found in human rights and assurances of basic dignities. He informed the world about all the people who had been tortured, slaughtered, and of those who had “disappeared” in his country, El Salvador. Archbishop Romero told the truth, but like many great leaders who have fought for truth, Romero was assassinated. A single bullet transformed him into a “martyr”. His life was taken, but his voice could not be silenced.
Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on 23rd May 2015, by Cardinal Angelo Amato in San Salvador.
SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA (1910-1997)
The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 in Skopje, Yugoslavia, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in 1928. She took the name ‘Teresa’ after St Teresa of Lisieux, patroness of the Missionaries.
In 1948, she came across a half-dead woman lying in front of a Calcutta hospital. She stayed with the woman until she died. From that point on, Mother Teresa dedicated the majority of her life to helping the poorest of poor in India, thus gaining her the name “Saint of the gutters.” She founded an order of nuns called the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India dedicated to serving the poor.
In 1952, Saint Teresa founded the Nirmal Hriday Home for the Dying in a former temple in Calcutta. It was here that they would care for the dying Indians that were found on the streets. Saint Teresa saw Jesus in everyone that she met. It did not matter whether they were dying of AIDS or leprosy, she wanted them to be able to die in peace and with dignity. For over fifty years, she worked selflessly helping the poor. It is that devotion that won her respect throughout the world and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta was canonised a saint on 4th September 2016 by Pope Francis.
Acknowledging Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Archbishop Oscar Romero as the primary patrons and role models of Christian living, the College community strives to promote a Catholic Christian environment characterised by service and espouses the Gospel values of justice, hospitality, love, compassion, acceptance, good humour and generosity, in our daily life.