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As Catholics, we experience the healing power of reconciliation through the Sacrament of Penance, and from this Sacrament we have learnt that reconciliation requires an acknowledgement of the wrongs committed, an apology and a firm commitment to ensure that the same wrong never happens again. Along with St Paul, we profess that “all this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18) For this reason, we regard our efforts to promote Reconciliation as an integral part of our Christian calling to love God and neighbour.
We believe that all Australians share a collective responsibility for action on Aboriginal issues because we enjoy life in a society that was built, at least in part, upon injustices which have not yet been fully redressed. As a College community, we commit to ensuring that students and staff alike grow in their awareness of this responsibility. George Santayana famously said “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” and so we are committed to looking without bias at the wrongs perpetrated against Aboriginals and acknowledging the injustice which continues to this day. We commit to doing this in the classroom, whenever we gather as a community and during those occasions when we turn our thoughts and hearts to God in prayer.
The St Monica’s College, Epping Reconciliation Covenant was developed after our College community was presented with ideas for reconciliation in our local community by the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Melbourne. With the support and encouragement of the Principal and Senior Leadership Group, it was established and will continue to be refined by the College. The full college covenant is available here.