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 students and teachers of St. Patrick’s Academy Bengaluru celebrated the Teachers’ day – virtually - on 5th September 2020. While wishing their teachers, the students reflected the thoughts of Dr.S.Radhakrishna. They presented video recorded performances of their talents with the wishes and messages of the day. The Teachers thanked Co-ordinators and Brothers for arranging a virtual celebration of the day with games and inspiring words. The messages from our Principal, Rev. Bro. Paul; Manager, Rev. Bro.Christopher, Vice Principal, Rev. Bro.John Kennedy, ignited the passionate minds of our teachers.
St. Patrick’s Academy, Bengaluru, celebrated 74th Independence Day on 15th August 2020 by observing all Covid protocols. Rev. Bro. George Xavier, Deputy Congregational Leader of the Brothers of St. Patrick, hoisted the national flag and an inspiring speech was delivered by the Manager, Rev.Bro. Christopher Dawes. Brothers from the Novitiate community, NCC cadets, teaching & non-teaching staff were present at the school to commemorate the day. Our Principal and the management team addressed the students and teachers through online and enlightened the young minds. The students exhibited their talents through videos and audios during the occasion.
During this pandemic - Covid -19 - we, at St. Patrick’s Academy, Bengaluru, continued our mission of education through online medium for the academic year 2020-21. The management took the challenge of getting all the teachers trained in time and began our online classes as per the guidelines from the Council and Govt. of Karnataka. The students are well prepared and enthused with the idea of online classes. Our teachers are putting lot of efforts and making the class more meaningful and interesting. Online classes enable our teachers to reach out to the students more efficiently and effectively through chat groups, video meetings, document sharing, etc. during this pandemic. The students also find it easier to communicate in this mode.