The 2022 Marcellin Medallion evening – always a gala event on the College calendar – was bigger than ever this year as it doubled as a farewell function for the College Rector, Brother Michael, who leaves Aquinas at the end of the month.
The evening began with a service in the Chapel of St Thomas, led by College Chaplain Fr Paul Ghanem OFM, who was joined by special guests Archbishop Patrick O’Regan and the Marist Brothers’ Provincial Superior, Brother Peter Carroll FMS. The music was rousingly led by the Chapel Band which ensured that everyone in the Chapel was in full voice.
Other guests for the evening included the Chair of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (and former Rector) Professor Denis Ralph, Director of Catholic Education SA Dr Neil McGoran, present and former member of Council, Principals of Partner Schools, and the Marist Brothers from Sacred Heart College.
During the Dinner, each of the ten House Coordinators introduced the member of their House whom they had chosen to receive the Marcellin Medallion. All of them reported the difficulty in making their choices, given that so many students personify the values of St Marcellin.
This year’s winners were:
Ashleigh McCallum (Beovich House)
Chandler Borg (Hannan House)
Austin Rossi (Roma Mitchell House)
Grace Moloney (Catherine House)
Sophie Falting (Marian House)
Sophie Millard (MacKillop House)
Oscar Peltz (Gleeson House)
Cambell Waller (Finn House)
Samuel Clark (Roche House)
Sam Breuer (Marcellin House)
Since the Dinner was the last time for the whole College to gather formally for the semester, it was also an occasion to thank and farewell Brother Michael. Speeches of very warm appreciation were given by the Vice-Rector, Carolyn Mee, and the Student President, Noah Waters, before a presentation from the Student Club. In his reply, Brother Michael spoke of his gratitude for his years at Aquinas, his sadness in leaving, and the personal significance for him of what ‘being brothers and sisters was”