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.
The Graduation Ceremony and the Prayer service of the grades XII & X were held together on 25th March 2022 at the Delany Hall of St. Patrick's Academy. Students, dressed up to the nines, with candles in their hand, along with The Principal and their teachers, were received by the audience including parents and teachers, with a standing ovation. The Principal Rev. Brother George Joseph, in his motivational speech, appreciated the students for the enthusiasm they showed in their studies and moulding themselves into good human beings. The Senior School Coordinator Ms. Lucy Jacob wished good fortune and a good future to every student. Students remembered teachers and the school with grateful hearts for the everlasting influence they have in them. The cultural programmes and finally the photo session made the day remarkable.
St. Patrick's Day has evolved to become a secular and global celebration of Irish culture. It is celebrated on March 17 every year. The day is recognized as the Feast of St.Patrick. While observing the day we remember St.Patrick, the patron saint of our school, who ministered to Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
We began the celebration by conducting morning assembly with the blessings of St.Patrick. Our Principal, Rev. Bro.George Joseph addressed the assembly with a message. He said that being a patrician we must stay disciplined and carry solidarity and truth at all times. A special gathering for the staff was conducted wherein the first Principal of the school, Rev. Bro. Britto M. marked his presence. A prayer was dedicated for all, followed by cake cutting. A short video was presented by Rev. Bro.Y.Joseph Melki Satheak which encompasses the footprints of Patrician Brothers across the country in various dimensions. The celebration concluded with a sumptuous afternoon lunch.
NCC (National Cadets Corps) was introduced in St. Patrick's Academy in the year 2018. The very purpose of introducing NCC at the National level on 16th April, 1948 was to inculcate values in the youth of the nation. NCC aims at developing character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, the spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens; keeping these basic aims in mind and to give a holistic development to the Patricians NCC was introduced and the students who passed out – 21 in number – stood the test of time have proved they are in possession of these above qualities in ample measure. NCC also aims to creating a pool of organized, trained and motivated youth with leadership qualities in all walks of life, and we would vouch, these 21 of the cadets and the ones who passed out the previous years have these qualities in good measure. It could be seen in the confident steps they took to march to the stage. The Principal, Rev. Bro. George Joseph, exhorted the cadets to keep the aims and objectives of the NCC in mind and be available to take up leadership roles as and when occasions arise. Mr. Jagdeesh, the NCC in charge too deserves our praise for the way the cadets turned up for the event on 4th March, 2022 for the final certification.