Archbishop Mark celebrates Mass in French on Bastille Day

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To mark Bastille Day 2021, St John Fisher College were honoured to welcome Brisbane Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge to celebrated Mass in French. 

The momentous occasion has particular significance for the students who are part of the Language Immersion Excellence Program​. The program provides Year 8 and 9 students with the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the French language by electing to study the subject of Religion in French.  

College Principal, Catherine Galvin commented on the occasion saying; “We were very honoured and humbled to have His Grace attend the College and celebrate Mass in French on Bastille Day.” 

“It was a memorable and joyous occasion for our College, as we mark our 40th year and of particular significance for our Language Immersion students who really had to utilised their French language skills to understand the ceremony.”  

Archbishop Mark who speaks fluent French, starting learning the language at age 10. He spoke to the girls about his passion for foreign languages and said; “Never think you are wasting time learning another language; it opens so many doors and provides great perspective and understanding of other cultures.”

Year 9 Language Immersion student Gloria Adzraku, was pleasantly surprised at her level of comprehension of the Mass spoken in French. “It was a unique and enjoyable experience and I was surprised at how much I could actually understand,” she said.   

French studying students from St Rita’s College and Brigidine College were also invited to attend the special Mass and said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.