Trinity celebrates 120 years

Father Dennis Carroll, Bishop Geoffery Jarrett and Father Steve ODonnell in front of the papal blessing sent from Pope Benedict XVI in honour of Trinity Catholic Colleges 120th anniversary.

Trinity Catholic College proudly celebrated its 120th anniversary on Tuesday with a Mass of Thanksgiving led by Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, followed by birthday cake for guests, teachers and all 1300 students.

The school is on the same site as Lismores first Catholic school, St Marys College, established by a group of Irish Presentation Sisters on August 15, 1886.

In 1911 the Marist Brothers arrived in Lismore and established a similar school for boys, St Josephs Marist Brothers High School. In 1985 the two schools amalgamated into Trinity Catholic College.

The school has certainly changed physically since I attended St Josephs in the early 60s, said Father Dennis Carroll. In those days there was much less government aid and resources and the parents had to provide everything. It was a tiny, under-resourced school and a far cry from the magnificent school it is today.

As part of Trinitys ongoing jubilee celebrations the school is having a Gala Ball in the new sports complex on Saturday, September 2. This is a chance for current and former students and staff to dress up and dance the night away to the big brass sounds of Oz Hornz. Tickets are $65, which includes a gourmet three-course meal and drinks. Tickets are on sale at St Marys Site Office until August 25, or for more information phone Clare Hage on 6627 6602.

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