A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BROTHERS OF ST. PATRICK

The Congregation of the Brothers of St. Patrick or the Patrician Brothers as they are popularly known began in the small town of Tullow, Ireland on 2nd February, 1808. The Congregation was founded by Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Delaney, under the patronage of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In 1846, the Brothers sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Baltimore, USA and laid the foundation for their first mission abroad. In 1883, another group of Patricians arrived in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. After establishing themselves, the brothers moved to Papua New Guinea, an island that needed the Brothers’ assistance. 

In 1875, the first foundation of the Patrician Brothers was laid in Chennai, India. In 1961, Brothers were drawn to Kenya. In 2007, the Indian Province took up a mission in Ghana, Africa and in 2012, South Sudan and Dubai. In 2008, the Brothers completed 200 years of their existence as harbingers of education, touching and making a difference in the lives of many. Today, the Patrician Brothers run schools, colleges, boarding houses, technical institutions, non-formal education centres and other education related institutions in Ireland, United States of America, India, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Ghana. The headquarters known as the Generalate is located at the Patrician Brothers’ Monastery, Ryde, Australia, and it has its headquarters known as the Provincialate in Mount St. Mary’s New Delhi.

RECENT NEWS & EVENTS

Joy of Christmas

Christmas is a season of celebration, joy and happiness. The students were eager and enthusiastic to celebrate Christmas in school after a one-and-a-half-year gap. The spark in the eyes of the students was like the bright shining star in the night sky when Jesus was born. Christmas celebrations were conducted by following all the covid protocols and the participation was limited only to students of offline schooling.
The mystery of a Friend at Christmas has its own magic. Every staff member was overwhelmed to see their santas and were thankful for the love, prayers and gifts which they had been receiving from them on 18th of December.
Online Christmas celebration was held on 22nd December by sharing a video of students enactment of skit, dance and various other cultural events. It showed us the importance of Christmas and taught us all Christmas is a celebration of sharing, love, peace, joy and happiness.

Childrens' Day

Children's day is celebrated in India on 14th November every year. It is celebrated on the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who loved and was loved by children. Due to the present pandemic situation, a video encapsulating a plethora of events – songs, skits, and dance performances by teachers was released for students on 13th November, a day prior to Children's Day. The celebration commemorated with our Coordinators greeting the students with enthusiasm, thereafter the Principal Rev. Bro. Tomy Varghese, shared an awe– inspiring message and greeted the children on this special day, a day to celebrate the bond between teachers and students. A day marking childhood, and to make this event a memorable one for our little ones the SPAB team put together a Jaw dropping show with bubbly & amusing dances, a hilarious skit, and a few soulful renditions of songs to showcase their love and affection for our kids. The programme was a grand success with the efforts and the coordination of our beloved teachers.

Back to School

After the long turbulent period of uncertainties and apprehensions, St. Patrick's Academy opened its gates for its students of grade VI-XII on 8th November 2021, Monday. During the meetings arranged earlier with the parents, the Principal had listened to their concerns and revealed his plans for the re-opening of the school with their consent. The school had taken all possible precautionary measures for the safety of the students and Staff in the atmosphere of ongoing but slackening threat of the pandemic. RTPCR test was conducted for the students and staff for ensuring their safety. The campus and class rooms were well decorated and the students were welcomed heartily by the management and staff. It was the aspiration of our young learners, co-operation of parents and teachers and above all the strong determination of our respected Principal, Brother Tomy Varghese that made the reopening possible.