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Our Charism

Our Charism

As a Catholic school, St Francis is governed by Gospel Values, the greatest of which is Love.

No one showed the depths of true love more than our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God. Students are encouraged to follow Jesus’ example through:

  • Love of God – through the example of St Francis, Bede Polding and St Marcellin who found God in all things.
  • Love for Neighbour - exemplified by the Good Samaritan parable, to be a neighbour to all.
  • Love in Action - to give hope, education and love to those in need and empower our students to create positive change.

What is Charism?

A charism is a divine spiritual gift given to an individual or group for the good of the community. Each religious order has a specific charism, a gift to be put to the service of the Church and the world.

Pope Paul VI was the first to label "charism" specifically in relation to religious institutes. He explained that the charism of the religious life is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who is always at work within the Church.

A charism touches the very core of our existence and colours everything that we do as human beings. It allows us to see things in new ways, and to understand them even more wonderfully. We absorb a charism as we absorb sunshine, and we radiate a charism as a light pierces the darkness.