Our patron, St Benedict, was also known as
Benedict of Nursia; Founder of Western Monasticism.
St Benedict was born c. 480, in Nursia,
Umbria, Italy of Roman nobility. His name means 'blessed'. He is the twin
brother of Saint Scholastica. He studied in Rome but was dismayed by the lack
of discipline and the lackadaisical attitude of his fellow students. He fled to
the mountains near Subiaco, living as a hermit in a cave for three years. His
virtues caused an abbey to request him to lead them. He founded the monastery
at Monte Cassino, where he wrote the Rule of his order. His discipline was such
that an attempt was made on his life; some monks tried to poison him, but he
blessed the cup and rendered it harmless. He returned to his cave, but
continued to attract followers, and eventually established twelve monasteries.
At one point there were over 40,000 monasteries guided by the Benedictine Rule.
A summation of the Rule: "Pray and work".
St Benedict died 21 March 547 of a fever
while in prayer at Monte Cassino, Italy and he was buried beneath the high
altar there in the same tomb as Saint Scholastica.
The rising sun symbolises our journey towards
God and reminds us of our origins with the Petrie Parish which shares a similar
symbol. Our school is now part of the St Benedict’s Catholic Parish, North
Lakes, Mango Hill and Griffin.
The four large letters at the angles of the
Cross (CSPB) stand for Crux, Sancti, Patris, Benedicti, the Cross of the Holy
The coloured ground leads the followers to
Christ and also symbolises the links to the local geography with green fields,
water flowing through the site from rain and leading to the waters of Moreton
Our school motto, Walk in God’s Ways challenges
our community to actively engage with Jesus’ message as a model for living.
The Rule of Saint Benedict has, for
centuries, been the guide of religious communities. Saint Benedict’s rules of
obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal
religious societies; they also provide an invaluable model for anyone desiring
to live more simply. They provide guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking
peace and fulfilment in their home and work communities and present a
contemporary model for living with issues facing us now ~ stewardship,
relationships, authority, community, balance, work, simplicity and prayer.
Benedict taught moderation in all things; the dignity of work; drawing closer
to God through the renewal of the mind, placing a strong emphasis on learning
and scholastic disciplines.