Message from Father John
As Chaplain at Padua, it is my privilege to be a part of the College life for our staff and students by enhancing the Franciscan spirit of the school. As a Franciscan Friar I have enjoyed a long involvement with the College, first as teacher, then as Rector (1990-2000), and now as the full-time Chaplain.
Padua is proud that we are a part of the world-wide community of universities and schools conducted by the Franciscan Friars since the time of St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231).
Mine is a ministry of presence to staff and students. I encourage the boys in their spiritual and liturgical life, leading them in our regular celebrations of the Eucharist, fostering their understanding of the 800-year-old tradition of the Franciscan story. I am involved in religious education classes and lead a student pilgrimage to Franciscan Italy every two years. I officiate at the weddings of former students and at the baptisms of their children.
I find it a pleasure to be with the boys on the sidelines of their sporting events and I take great joy in encouraging students in their academic achievements and cultural pursuits.
John Boyd-Boland OFM