Yesterday saw the official opening of the Ciantar Learning Commons (CLC), our new library space. It was a joyous occasion lead by our College Captains, Amy and Nicholas, and attended by Josh Bull, our local member for Sunbury, as well as Fr Will Matthews, Salesian Provincial.
At the opening, I used the occasion to explain the purpose behind naming the building after Fr Joseph Ciantar SDB.
Fr Joseph Ciantar was the 4th Rector-Principal of the College, from 1938 to 1947, very difficult years for Australia and the world due to the Great Depression and World War 2. In the book, 'Grateful Heirs, a history of the Salesians in Australia', Ted Cooper wrote:
“Fr Ciantar was not a big man, 164cm tall, born in Malta, of strong and wirey build, proud of his fitness and stalwart energy. He was the most active and tireless man one could imagine, fluent of speech, infectiously enthusiastic, a real human dynamo. Such a dynamic man was just what Sunbury needed – a man of deep spirituality who was exemplary in community life, but had the uncanny ability to mix with people and to hold up to them the person of Don Bosco as a most admirable human saint. He became good friends with Archbishop Mannix, through whose support managed to finance many new projects for the order, including the Youth Hostel in Brunswick and Boystown in Sydney. He became a sort of roving ambassador for St John Bosco in Australia, visiting many parishes and seeking their support for the work amongst the young, encouraging vocations for the new novitiate at Sunbury. His favourite expression when faced with disappointment was “When God closes one door he always opens another”.
Fr Ciantar might not have been tall, but he was a giant in the eyes of the early Salesian Community here in Australia, and for this reason alone we wish to honour his efforts by naming this important place of learning after him.
The CLC will be open for students commencing today, Tuesday 24 July.
See the gallery below for some images from the Offical Opening.
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