ST Brigid’s charism may date back to fifth century Celtic origins, but she remains an inspiration for young women at Brigidine College, Indooroopilly, today as they journey in faith and service.
Deputy principal for mission Andrew Beiers said the college’s patron continued to “ignite the sense of purpose and hope that education brings”.
“It’s a lived thing – a vocation to take on what it means to be Brigid today,” he said.
St Brigid was a strong woman known for her hospitality and deep concern for the poor.
She worked as a peacemaker, a healer and carer of creation.
“The Brigidine Sisters have kept St Brigid’s core values alive,” Mr Beiers said.
“Through the Brigidine motto of Strength and Gentleness, we continue to be challenged to create a better world through education in the 21st century.”
On International Women’s Day, current students are inspired by stories from past Brigidine College students who are living the Brigidine Sisters’ legacy today.
Ten graduate students from 2012 formed the group, Brigid’s Women, to undertake social justice initiatives and raise awareness post-high school.
Brigida Corte-Real and Mel Brown were two of the driving forces of Brigid’s Women.
Ms Corte-Real has been working in East Timor with the student Christian movement and Ms Brown has lived with and taught orphans in Malawi.
Erin Kennedy, a 2001 senior and now a teacher, staged a paper boat protest during G20 last year to focus attention on the plight of refugees, a topic close to the heart of all Brigidine women.
She is using the transforming power of art as a weapon to fight against injustice and oppression through ARTillary.
Jo Standen, 2010 college captain has recently returned from Cambodia and next year will follow her passion to be with indigenous communities in remote north Queensland.
Anyone is welcome to learn more about Brigid’s Women by visiting Brigidine College on its open day on Sunday, May 17. Go to www.brigidine.qld.edu for more details.