In a heartfelt celebration, St Columba’s College welcomed the Coindre Cross, representing the legacy of Fr. Andre Coindre and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The cross holds profound historical and spiritual significance.
“Why are we having a cross put up in our school?” you may ask. To answer that question, we must journey back over 200 years to France, where the story of Fr. Andre Coindre began. He dedicated his life to traveling to villages and towns, extending a helping hand to those in need, particularly children. The impact of his work was so profound that crosses were erected in many of these places, bearing witness to the community’s shared faith in God.
Fr. Coindre, along with Br. Polycarp and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, demonstrated their unwavering commitment to uplifting the lives of others. The crosses they placed served as a testament to their faith and the unity of the communities they touched. Today, we continue this legacy.
Following in the footsteps of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, many of the schools under their influence has been graced with its very own Coindre Cross.
Lyon, marked a special moment this year. Mrs. Jeffery, Miss Walsh, Mr. O’Sullivan, and Br. Nelson embarked on a pilgrimage to France. Their mission was not just to explore the rich history but also to delve deep into the lives and works of Andre Coindre, Br. Polycarp, and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. This immersive experience allowed them to connect with the roots of their school’s mission and bring back invaluable insights to share with their community.
The Coindre Cross stands tall as a symbol of inspiration, reminding students, staff, and all who pass by of the enduring power of faith and the importance of reaching out to those in need.