For the first time since 2001, the May Procession and Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice was held in the Chapel due to the inclement weather. However, the change of venue did not diminish the prayerfulness of the event. With special guests Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and his parents in attendance (the Archbishop’s father is a Waverley Old Boy), a ‘streamlined’ procession of banners, representative students, Old Boys, Christian Brothers and guests preceded the Marian Statue into the Chapel.
In his inspiring Address, Archbishop Fisher spoke of Mary as the ‘New Eve’ and therefore the mother of all. He reminded the congregation of her earthly trials and faithfulness to her son, Jesus, and emphasised her value as a model for our contemporary world. In his Introduction, Mr Paxton highlighted the importance of Waverley having a strong relationship with the Parish of Mary Immaculate and the other schools in the Parish and welcomed Fr John Chrysostom ofm, Parish Priest; Fr Peter Clifford ofm, Guardian of Star of the Sea Franciscan Friary; Mrs Antoinette McGahan, Principal, St Clare’s College; and Ms Hilary Cameron, Acting Principal, St Charles, in this regard.