Six Houses have been established at Kolbe Catholic College for Pastoral Care, Student Activities and Leadership
Each House has been named after a person who has demonstrated in his or her life an outstanding commitment to the Church and society of their time. Such a person could become the source of inspiration and a model to all of our students, but especially to those in the House bearing the person’s name.
Caroline Chisholm (1808 -1877) emigrated from England. She was an early pioneer of family welfare in Australia. She travelled and campaigned extensively to improve the conditions of migrants in Australia, especially young women.
St Ignatius Loyola (1494-1556) was a Spanish nobleman and a soldier. He was converted to Christ after being wounded in battle. Ignatius returned to study at university and founded the Society of Jesus, a religious order of priests and brothers. The Jesuits have made an extraordinarily significant contribution to the Church and world as scholars, teachers, missionaries and champions of the cause of justice. St Ignatius challenges us to do “all for the greater glory of God”.
St Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, an Australian religious order of women who provided Catholic education and care for children in Australia, especially in isolated country areas. She was a woman of great vision, courage, determination and compassion for those in need.
Blessed Edmund Rice (1762-1844) was a wealthy and successful Catholic businessman in Waterford, Ireland. Edmund disposed of his wealthy business interests and founded a religious order of men, the Christian Brothers, to teach the children of the poor in Waterford. Under his leadership, the Christian Brothers established schools in many countries, including Australia. Blessed Edmund Rice was also known for his devotion to the Eucharist.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) drew the attention of the world to the dignity of each person. No matter how poor, disabled or insignificant, each person is made in the image and likeness to God and thus is worthy of the deepest respect and care. Mother Teresa’s efforts on behalf of the poor and needy culminated in her nomination as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
St Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was a friend and companion of Ignatius Loyola whom he met at the University of Paris. St Ignatius challenged him about his values and his ambitions. St Francis joined St Ignatius in founding the Jesuits and became one of the greatest apostles of the Church. He left Europe and using his great talents, he spent the rest of his life promoting the message of Jesus Christ in India and Japan. He never returned home to Europe, but died in Macau while waiting to enter China.