Blessing for peaceful place of quiet reflection

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Blessing for peaceful place of quiet reflection

“I thank my God, each time I think of you! And when I pray for you, I pray with joy.”

This poignant quote from St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 1: 3-4 graces the wall next to St Brendan Shaw College’s new memorial waterfall.

The waterfall, near the Devonport college’s Jubilee Chapel, was blessed by Mersey Leven Parish Priest Fr Mike Delaney on All Souls Day (November 2) last year.

The memorial wall and waterfall is in remembrance of all students who have died while enrolled at the college.

Now there are plans to hold an annual remembrance Mass in the future around the same time of year.

Principal Frank Pisano explained how the memorial wall and waterfall came about.

“I wanted to do something to keep the story of these students alive, and also to acknowledge others who died while enrolled at the college,” he said.

“I wanted it to be peaceful and reflective, and not to look mechanical.

“Our maintenance person, Paul Hayes, did a wonderful job in bringing our vision to reality.

“The curved wall near the fountain reminds me of embracing arms.

“Now we are hoping to add a seat or a large rock in front of the waterfall so family members have a place to rest when they visit for quiet reflection.”

Mr Pisano said that Clare Kiely-Hoye planted a rhododendron in the memorial wall garden. Mrs Kiely-Hoye’s late husband, John Hoye, was college principal in 1999 when he died in a car accident.

So far, the names of five students who died while enrolled at the college are on plaques on the wall.

Now Mr Pisano is appealing for assistance with the next stage of the project.

“Records from the college’s early years are incomplete and, in some cases, inaccurate,” he said. 

“People who have knowledge of families whose children should also be included on the wall are urged to contact me at the college and I will have them added.”

To provide information about names for the memorial wall, email and mark it for the attention of Mr Pisano.

Quiet reflection: St Brendan-Shaw College principal Frank Pisano and students Isaac Walker and Ashlee Ruffels at the new memorial wall and waterfall.