Avila Patron: St Terese of AvilaColour: WhiteSymbol: Light
"Have courage for whatever comes:everything lies in that."
Teresa founded the order of the Discalced Carmelites, shining a light on the practice of prayer and devoting her life to becoming closer to God, personally and in her interactions with others, to whom she inspired. St Teresa is now a Doctor of the Church.
ChampagnatPatron: St Marcellin ChampagnatColour: GoldSymbol: Cross "Make Jesus known and loved."
Marcellin founded the order of the Marist Brothers who are devoted to Mary. Being dedicated to education, he motivated teenagers with his enthusiasm for teaching and spreading the gospel. Marcellin also taught them how to pray, and to be teachers and religious educators themselves.
MacKillop Patron: St Mary of the Cross MacKillopColour: GreenSymbol: Vine"Never see a need without doing something about it."
Mary is Australia's first saint. She was a woman of faith whose life bore witness to live out the Gospel. She established schools for children, shared faith experiences and provided refuge for the homeless and destitute. Mary sowed the seeds of compassion, and fought for justice.
PoldingPatron: Archbishop John Bede PoldingColour: BlueSymbol: Water"Use all the gentleness and compassion for those in need."
John was the first Archbishop of Sydney. He was a passionate man who established an Aboriginal mission on Stradbroke Island and offered retreats. John let flow the waters of compassion to the marginalised and to those who were outcasts.
Romero Patron: St Oscar RomeroColour: RedSymbol: The Word"Aspire not to have more, but to be more."
Oscar sought to build positive relationships between the Church and the government of El Salvador. He also preached the Good News of the scriptures to the people. Despite his unwavering passion, he was shot and killed for preaching about the values of peace, love, justice and respect.