STONEWORK AND SCHOLARSHIP APPEAL
This is my first appeal to you as Rector of the College. Ever since our foundation in 1918, the College has been fortunate in its benefactors. Prior to our opening, many thousands of Catholics from Victoria gave of their pounds, shillings and pence to assist in the building of the College. Thomas Donovan, from Sydney, was also extraordinarily generous in providing a large sum for the building as well as a trust fund (which still exists today) to offer bursary support. Since this time, we have been blessed by the many women and men who have given of their time, their labours and their resources to assist the College in providing opportunities for young people to benefit from an education at Newman College.
We must continue with this work. Our benefactors are extraordinarily generous but relatively small in number. Our hope is that more benefactors emerge from the 3,500 on our mailing list and assist us with building firm foundations for the future. Our task is to plant trees under which our grandchildren may sit and play.
Today, in 2020 as you are no doubt well aware, we face challenges peculiar to the time. We anticipate that students and their families will need ever-increasing support during these difficult few years. I am also conscious that many of you may be facing similar challenges. Any and all donations to the Scholarship Fund and/or for Stonework Restoration will be gratefully received.
Gratitude is at the heart of Ignatian Spirituality. On behalf of the College and all my predecessors (Fathers O’Dwyer, Power, Murphy, Gleeson, Daily, Scott, Fleming, L’Estrange and Uren) I thank all who continue to support the College in so many ways, and may I encourage others to join in preparing for our future.
Frank Brennan SJ, Rector
Newman College, May, 2020