New Presidents letter and ANZAC Dcelebration

posted Apr 23, 2020, 7:16 PM by Saint Patricks

Dear Patricians,

Atached is Peters first letter and invitation for ANZAC Mass.

2020 ANZAC Commemorative Mass

 Dear SPOCA members,

 Please find attached the invitation for all to join online for the 84th Annual ANZAC Commemorative Mass this Saturday, 25th April 2020 at 10am, on line.

 Please note that this is not a public event and there will only be a very small number of operational participants in attendance.

 Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on 9854 5360.


 Catherine Hall/9854 5360


posted Mar 13, 2020, 2:49 AM by Saint Patricks


You were advised recently of the our annual St Patrick's Day Mass and associated functions.Given the worsening corona-virus crisis,the Committee has decided to cancel all the  events planned for Sunday. Whilst the risk associated with proceeding would have been quite low,it has become clear that this risk would be unacceptable particularly given the age profile of those attending.

The AGM process will now be conducted via email with all Patricians invited to participate. Copies of the AGM papers including the agenda have previously been distributed. Patricians will be advised via email of the outcome of the AGM once concluded.


Murray Cullinan


Rescheduling annual ANZAC Commemorative Mass at Xavier.

posted Mar 10, 2020, 11:31 PM by Saint Patricks

Dear Patricians, 

Message from Catherine Hall/Xavier College Archivist.

Please find attached the invitation for the annual ANZAC Commemorative Mass at Xavier.  

Please also note the date is the Sunday before Anzac Day this year, Sunday 19th April 2020.

We have moved it a week earlier, to enable our service personnel to attend.

I will be in attendance at the Mass this coming Sunday 15th at ACU, but will not be staying for lunch as I have to come to Xavier for the afternoon.

First Edition of the Patrician for 2020

posted Mar 1, 2020, 11:33 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated Mar 1, 2020, 11:42 PM ]

Dear Patricians

Attached for information is a copy of the first edition of the Patrician for 2020 .As usual it provides a brief update on SPOCA activities and other items of interest including details of an informal Patrician reunion being organised by Bill Dowling for later in the year.

SPOCA has sent out three other emails in recent days on :
* SPOCA-Past ,Present & Future - A Discussion Paper
*SPJC /ACU Scholarship Updare
*SPOCA Mass,AGM & Brunch At The ACU on 15 March

It would seem that not all Patricians have received all three emails.If that includes you, please let me know and I'll send another copy.

Paul Buttigieg
SPOCA Committee

0412 604 211

SPOCA/ACU Scholarship update.

posted Feb 29, 2020, 11:49 PM by Saint Patricks

Dear Patricians,

Attached is a current​​ S​P​OCA/ACU ​Scholarship ​update.

Applications are now open and a decision will be made in early April.

Currently we have raised over $113,000 and we continue to accept donations.


posted Feb 29, 2020, 11:45 PM by Saint Patricks

Dear Patrician


The Committee decided in 2019 to undertake a review of the SPOCA’s objectives and activities over the next 5 years. Associations such as ours exist to serve the interests of their members and we can expect that interests among our 400 members may change over time as members age. It is vital to the Committee that as part of the review we hear your views about what the Association should best focus on in future years.


A SPOCA Past, Present and Future Discussion Paper is attached for your consideration. The paper reflects on the current objectives and activities of SPOCA and makes some suggestions for new activities in the future. The intent of the paper is to stimulate discussion among members and encourage feedback to the Committee.


I would encourage all members to read the discussion paper and provide feedback by 31 March 2020. There are two ways to do so.


1.       Members can contact Peter Rogan (one of SPOCA’s Vice Presidents) as follows:


Postal Address: 24/11 Nicholson St, Abbotsford 3067


Phone: 0419 394 069


2.       The Committee will also organize one or more discussion groups in the SPOCA room at the ACU Fitzroy Campus. A discussion group may be followed by a self-funded lunch at a local eatery. If you would be interested to attend a discussion group please contact Peter by phone,email or text.


We are particularly interested to hear your views about:


·        future directions for SPOCA;

·        your personal interest in any of the new activity groups suggested in the discussion paper;

·        your suggestions for other types of activities;

·        your views about SPOCA becoming involved in pastoral care for Patricians;

·        your suggestions about any desired changes to the annual dinner.


The Committee intends to complete the Review by mid-April 2020 and will greatly value your input.



Murray Cullinan

SPOCA President



15 March 2020 Mass, AGM and Brunch

posted Feb 29, 2020, 11:41 PM by Saint Patricks

Dear Patricians,

 The Mass celebrating St Patrick's Day and our AGM will be held on Sunday 15 March at the Australian Catholic University St Patrick's Campus in Brunswick St FITZROY.The day will start at 10am with mass in the Mary MacKillop Chapel  which is just inside the entrance to the building which fronts onto the main square accessed from Brunswick ST. Patricians are welcome to attend any or all of these events.

To assist with catering would you please advise Peter Rogan if you wish to be included in the catering no's- his address is charge for catering will be  $25.

Please find below the following related documents :

*AGM Agenda
*SPOCA Financial Report
*Minutes of  2019 AGM
*Jesuit Mission Donation Form

3rd and Final Edition 2019 Patrician

posted Dec 13, 2019, 8:42 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated Dec 15, 2019, 10:22 PM ]

Dear Patricians,

Gavin has sought to check the claim that Pat is the OLP. There are older people still on the mailing list, but Gaynor suspects that they might not still be with us. There are 4 dated Matric 1940, including Pat. It seems reasonable that we can make the claim that Pat is the OLP. It might draw out a counter claim.

Watch out for the following 2020 activities:

·       Release of the school song, sung by alumni at the 2019 dinner Early 2020

·       2020 Saint Patrick’s Day Mass, lunch and AGM at ACU March 2020– this will include if possible an announcement of who is to be awarded the inaugural SPJC ACU teaching scholarship

·       Anzac Day Mass in the Xavier Chapel

        Opening of the reinvigorated Xavier/SPJC archives at Xavier College April 2020

·       The SPOCA Annual ‘Dinner’ in November 2020

·       Release of a discussion paper for the SPOCA Five Year Plan April 2020

In 2020 we will also be adding to our Notables list.

I think we can all agree its been a wonderful and colourful 50th year for SPOCA with many highlights.

May I wish all Patricians a happy Christmas and an exciting excellent 2020.

     God bless

       Paul Buttigieg

SPOCA Dinner 15 November

posted Nov 10, 2019, 5:51 PM by Saint Patricks

Fellow Patricians,

Be part of the Photograph at the 2019 SPOCA Dinner!

This has been the first quiet social year for SPOCA since 2014 – no Jesuit anniversaries, no milestone reunions, no SPC Ireland tour and no closure commemorations. Enjoy the milder November weather this year at the SPOCA Dinner at Green Acres Golf Club on Friday 15 November.

In addition to the dinner’s main purpose of catching up with your school-mates, our film maker Steve Bowman (SPC 1949-54) will propose the toast to the Jesuits and the College and tell us how the film “SPJC – Our School Reflections” came about.

You will see a 10 minute highlights reel of the film, which includes extracts from school movies from several eras and interviews with 60 to 90 yo alumni. A recording of our school song by the Xavier College Choir will also be shown.

The Reflections movie will be launched on the night and DVD copies will be available for purchase with a launch night discount.

 Other features will be:

  • an update on the inaugural St Patrick’s/ACU perpetual scholarship
  • a report on the Jesuit Partner School support initiatives
  • the consolidation of hundreds of SPC memorabilia items in the expanded Xavier College Archives and the 2020 plans for opening the archives for viewing
  • recording of a filmed and accompanied alumni rendition of “Semper Fidelis”, our 1960s SPC school song. All present will form the SPC Choir for the evening.

 An evening not to be missed, so please complete and return the attached booking form. Partners (and drivers) are most welcome.

Semper et ubique fidelis

Gavin Wayland (SPC 57-65)

SPOCA website:


SPOCA Dinner 2019 - Nov 15

posted Oct 27, 2019, 5:59 PM by Saint Patricks

Dear Patricians,

SPOCA Annual Dinner in 2019 is on November 15. Earlier start time of 6:00 pm

Following the 50th anniversary commemoration in November last year, in 2019 we have the opportunity to continue the recollections.

A professional video has been generously produced by SPC alumnus Stephen Bowman (1949-55). The film, which includes archival footage and still images, importantly captures today’s Reflections of a dozen Patricians who attended SPC between 1937 and 1968. Key events and significant teachers of the College’s last 30 years are remembered by these eye witnesses.

St Patrick’s College East Melbourne – Our School Reflections will be launched at the Annual Dinner where copies will be available for purchase for a nominal cost.

You are invited to enjoy these recollections and to reflect on and share your own memories. You can do this by joining colleagues at this special Dinner or by sending your thoughts, memories and memorabilia to SPOCA for inclusion in our ongoing collection, now under the sustained care of the Xavier College Archives.

Those who attend the Dinner this year will also have the opportunity for their voices to be recorded for posterity in a filmed accompanied choral version of “Semper Fidelis”, our School Song which was first publicly presented in Cathedral Hall in December 1960.

Dinner bookings are now open. Please refer to the booking form attached.

Fresh faces will be welcomed. Familiar faces always are.

If you have email access please let us know as this enables more contact.

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