The Catholic Community in Perth
Lumen Christi College belongs to the family of Catholic schools in WA that are governed by the Catholic Education Office of WA. Unlike other states in Australia, Catholic schools in Western Australia are united as a system, with the four dioceses - Perth, Bunbury, Geraldton and Broome - all collaborating to provide quality Catholic schooling across the state.
The College is also intrinsically connected to the family of parishes which belong to the Archdiocese of Perth. Covering an area of 471,118 sq kms the Archdiocese has a population of about 1.5 million, of whom about 365,000 are Catholics. While the bulk of the population lives in the metropolitan area the Archdiocese also includes extensive fishing, agricultural, pastoral and mining industries.
Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother Church of the Diocese, generally known as St Mary’s Cathedral, was beautifully renovated and officially reopened on 8 December 2009. The original cathedral building was blessed and opened on 29 January 1865.
Two porches and the spire were added by Bishop Gibney in 1905. In 1926, work began on the new, larger cathedral. Though opened on 4 May 1930, the Great Depression prevented the envisaged additions being made to complete the Cathedral.
Having entered a new millennium Archbishop Hickey felt it was time to begin the huge task of completing the Cathedral. Following serious fundraising and almost three years of painstaking work the dream was realised.
The inspiration behind Lumen Christi College was the desire of parents to have a Catholic High School in the locality. Recognising the importance of providing a Christian environment in which to nurture the younger generations these parents made clear their wish for their children to receive their secondary education in a Catholic College.
The parishes of Armadale, Gosnells, Kelmscott, Maddington and Thornlie were instrumental in the establishment of Lumen Christi College in 1984. Since then each of these parishes has supported and maintained links with the College in a variety of ways.
Three decades on from this vision, Lumen Christi College strives to honour the commitment to provide a Christ centred atmosphere in which students can discover the connection between their relationship with others, with God and the universe.
The unique relationship between Lumen Christi College and the local parishes has been maintained in a number of ways. A representative from each of the parishes serves on our College Board.
Annually Lumen staff and students also visit each parish one weekend in the year. In addition to the original five parishes, St Jude’s Langford and St Emilie’s Canning Vale also host these annual visits.
Affirming the relationship between the College and the local church community is the main purpose of the visits. They allow College staff to thank parishioners for their on-going support and for an update to be given on recent happenings and projected developments in the life of the College.
The Universal Church
As well as the close ties with the local Catholic Church, Lumen Christi College acknowledges its place within the Universal Church. With keen interest member of our community waited with baited breath for the announcement regarding the election of a new Pope on 13 March 2013.
We prayed for and acknowledged in a variety of ways the news that Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina had made history in becoming the first Pope from a southern hemisphere country. The 226th successor of St Peter chose the name Francis showing his affinity with the simplistic lifestyle and ministry of St Francis of Assisi.
The World Church came to Sydney
The events surrounding and leading up to World Youth Day 2008 enabled many Australians to develop a deeper sense of what it means to be part of the Universal Church.
Lumen Christi College was one of the schools privileged to host a visit of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon of Mary and the child Jesus. Accompanied by a team of young people these sacred symbols of faith travelled the length and breadth of each state in the 12 months prior to World Youth Day. Their presence led people to ponder, some for the first time, others in a deeper way than ever before, their relationship with God and the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Students from Lumen Christi College combined with young people from local parishes and engaged in in a 12 month period of preparation for World Youth Day in Sydney. The depth of feeling experienced at these events proved quite astounding to some of the participants. Each of them felt that God had touched their lives in ways they had never imagined and that the faith shared and friendships made during World Youth Day would be treasured for ever.