Catherine McAuley College launches in 2018

mcauley 350Almost 2000 people joined to celebrate Catherine McAuley College’s first Opening Mass as it begins 2018 with a new name and identity.
Formerly Catholic College Bendigo, in 2018 the co-educational College boasts a new uniform, motto and emblem to better reflect its sole governance by the Sisters of Mercy.
The transition to the school’s new identity was illustrated at Mass during the Year 7 and Year 12 procession, with the Year 7s beginning their journey in the new CMC uniform side-by-side with Year 12s commencing their final year.
Bishop of Sandhurst Leslie Tomlinson DD led the celebration with priests from the Sandhurst Diocese.
CMC is governed by the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, and has been named after Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland.
The Sisters of Mercy have more than 140 years of governance of the school and representatives of Mercy Education attended the Opening Mass.
The College is located across two campuses, Coolock in Junortoun for Years 7-9, and the campus for Years 10-12 adopting the name it had for more than a century, St Mary’s, in Barkly Street.
The College is hosting an open evening on March 15, from 4-7pm. For more information on Catherine McAuley College visit

Photo: Catherine McAuley College Year 7 students Eloise Holden, Felicity Daly and Alexandra Langley in the new CMC uniform. Photo by Bill Conroy

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