BISHOP MORAN’S RETURN.
A number of further addresses were presented to the bishop to-day congratulating him on his return from Europe. DOMINICAN CONVENT SCHOOL. At eleven o’clock Bishop Moran, accompanied by Fathers Lynch, Newport, and others, visited the convent. The following sonnet of welcome was recited simultaneously by the Misses Columb, Blaney, Fagan, Cantwell, and Bushc : Our hearts rejoice, end say we “ Welcome home,” With proud congratulation. True and brave, Olk patriot bishop Leo’s message gave ; Approving words of peace he brought from Rome To Erin’s struggling sons. O’er ocean’s foam The Irish pontiff far had aomc, and ho— For such ambassador fit embassy, New Zealand. Erin, blending with old Romo— Did reassure tho hearts that feared to doubt. On Cashel’s hoary rock our bishop stood, And reckoned then no more the centuries’ loss ; He told the thousands gathered round about Of us, his flock, united in tho blood, His Irish children ’neatb the Southern Cross. st. Joseph’s school. A visit was made to tho girls’ school at noon. A number of songs were rendered and pianoforte selections given by the pupils, after which'an acrostic was read, forming the lines “The Most Reverend Doctor Moran.” Miss Carter then read the following address ; Lord Bishop,—This is, Ir.deed, a day of gladness for us all; a great festival on which we are permitted to l*y aside our books and assemble to welcome cur Father back from Rome and Ireland.
We have beard with delight of the great privilege which you, my Lord, enjoyed when you tarried tbo moat holy sacrament through the City of the Kings and to the summit of the celebrated Rock of Cashel, when you give th' holy benediction, and spoke to the assembled thousand-) of your distant mission and of us your faithful children in New Zealand. We have been informed also that you made long journeys for the purpose of securing prie' ts and nuns for this mission so dear to yourpaternalheart. Forallthosefatiguinglabors endured on our account we thank your Lordship most heartily. Each day we have prayed for your safety and fuacess, and while offering this prayer we felt that our Heavenly Father was pleased with it, as our constant grateful remembrance of our bishop] made us more anxious to be good children, and to fulfil our duties according to his instructions. The past pupils of this school, represented by several here present to-day, enter also warmly into our sentiments and expressions of joyful gratitude. Permit us finally, my Lord, to thank all those who have r o generously abandoned home and their loved green isle in order to share your missionary labors hero and your eternal joys hereafter.
| Signed by the girls of St. Joseph’s School. | Bishop Moran replied that ho was glad to see the scholars present in such numbers, looking so good and giving evidence by their demeanor and deportment that the lesions which they had been so carefully taught bad not been given in vain. There was one thing which pleased him immensely, and that was the manner in which the two addresses had been read. The intonation and pronunciation and the general reading would do credit to persons of a much greater age and greater pretensions, and afforded evidence of tho nature of the training rendered in tho school. Sufficient evidence had been afforded to have it conceded on all hands that the school was of a very high order, indeed—a school of more than ordinary excellence. And now, having said so much, ho would like to add a word of advice for the sake of other families who were not there that day and were not represented. People living at a distance from the school sometimes made that an excuse for not sending their children to this school. The answer to that was that the little child who had just read the address came every day a distance of three miles, and returned every day the same distance, and surely what that little child could do other children living within a radius of three miles from the school could also do if they wished and their parents wished. He hoped to see all Catholic children in and around Dunedin regularly attending the Catholic schools and profiting by the instruction there given. He was more grateful than he could express to again find himself amongst his people. The children in their address said that during his absence they had prayed for him. He had felt that they were doing so, and whatever amount of success had attended his visit was largely owing to the fact that he was conscious that they were praying for him. He might say in return that there was not a day while he was away that he did not pray for them. The writing on the address was very fine indeed ; while the table itself was a work of art. It was composed of various kinds of New Zealand woods, and was beautifully finished; while the workmanship spoke for itself. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS’ SCHOOL. In the afternoon the bishop visited the above school, and received the following address Lord Bishop,—We, the pupils of the Christian Brothers’ School, St. Joseph’s, Dunedin, respectfully approach your Lordship to bid you a hearty we'come home again, It seems but as yesterday since, in this very room we got your farewell blessing on the eve of your departure for Ireland, tho country of our fathers, for Romo, the centre of Catholic unity, tho residence of Christ’s Vicar on earth. Onr hearts were then pressed down with sorrow, taking leave of you, our beloved pastor and father; but now that we see you in our midst again we arc filled with joy, whilst we return our fervent thanks to God for having heard our humble prayer, and restored you once more to your beloved children. We are likewise glad to see that your Lordship has not returned alone, but that you have brought with you so many good and zealous priests and religious. We trust they will be the means of lightening the labors of your Lordship, and of helping on the holy cause you have ever bad so much at heart—the cause of Christian education. We now beg your Lordship to accept the accompanying photograph of ourselves and the
school, which wo respectfully p esent to you. It is inJeed but a small mark of the love and esteem wo entertain for your Lordship; owing, however, to many other objects to which wo were obliged to attend in the absence of your Lordship, wo could not do all that our hearts would wish on so joyful an occasion. In conclution, we fervently pray that you, our beloved bishop, may bo long spared to us, to our parents, and to all the flock that God has entrusted to your fatherly care. Wo remain, your lordship’s devoted children, the pupils of the Christian Brothers. To-morrow His Lordship goes out to the South Duncdiu School, and will receive an address from the pupils. On Sunday a picture recently received from Rome will bo unveiled by the bishop. There wi ! l be Solemn High Mass nt eleven o’clock, and a grand orchestral ceremony.
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BISHOP MORAN’S RETURN., Evening Star, Issue 8033, 9 October 1889
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