The Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese is mindful of the many farmers in his diocese who are experiencing the worst drought in recorded history.
Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green, who grew up on a farm near Forbes, and has personal experience with the effects of drought, understands that it is practical support needed most for those experiencing hardship.
“The provision of affordable Catholic schooling should not be an added burden to the financial strain of families, especially for those in need in this time of drought,” he said.
Bishop Columba reminds families who are in difficult financial circumstances, for any reason, that they are always able to approach their school Principal to arrange relief in regard to their school fees.
“We certainly do not wish to add to the financial burden families are currently experiencing, as money should not be a barrier to children attending Catholic schools,” he said.
Wilcannia-Forbes Catholic School Leaders travelled to Forbes for a Principals Conference on 29, 30 & 31 May 2018.
Three new Principals were warmly welcomed to the group, Jessica Armitage, Principal of St Mary’s Hay, Regina Goodridge, Principal of St Joseph’s Peak Hill and Bill Mulcahy, Principal of St Patrick’s Brewarrina.
Former principal of St Mary’s Hay, Nick Baird, has also been welcomed to Holy Family Parkes as has former principal of St Patrick’s Brewarrina, Sharon Ferrari, who has relocated to St John’s Trangie.
A highlight of the conference was the commissioning of all Wilcannia-Forbes Principals. During a special Mass held on Tuesday night, Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green inducted the group of 18 Principals, before giving them his blessing and presenting each principal with a principalship candle.
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