All Hallows marked the launch of a new Mission Statement (link no longer active) with a ceremony in November 2012.
Mass was celebrated by the Superior-General of the worldwide Vincentian Family, Rev Gregory Gay CM. Fr Gegory welcomed the promulgation of the college’s new mission, equating it to a community renewing and re-committing itself to its Catholic origin and Vincentian charism. He recalled the words of Daniel as he call his people to be an example,: “Those who lead many to justice shall shine like the stars for eternity.” (Dan 12:3)
The great work of All Hallows lies in opening minds and hearts to a greater awareness of what it means to be
Catholic, Vincentian, a promoter of justice, and a servant leader in today’s society.
Click here for full text of Fr Gregory’s homily
That is why the promulgation of a new mission statement for All Hallows is crucial
both for this venerable institution, and especially for all members of this community;
administration, faculty, staff, and students. Your mission statement acknowledges four key
core aspects of your identity in forming future leaders: you are Catholic; you are Vincentian;
you promote justice; and you are people of service. In these core values, you find both your
institutional history and your identity as a community. This statement calls you to know
more, do more, and to be more. This ‘more” is the change when the mission evolves from
words into truths of transformation.
St Vincent de Paul said, “God asks first for the heart, then for the work.” Your work
as an educational institution is exciting and life-changing, benefiting both Church and society
in Ireland. But the challenge is to imbue in this community a willingness to explore and
appropriate those four core elements of your mission into one’s life. The great work of All
Hallows lies in opening minds and hearts to a greater awareness of what it means to be
Catholic, Vincentian, a promoter of justice, and a servant leader in today’s society. And it
starts here, today, with you! Yes, each of you can and must make a difference for the good of
Church and society!
Your mission statement is a counter-cultural claim in a world often beholden to a selfcentered and materialistic mind-set. Ireland, like much of today’s world, is afflicted with the
malaise of economic, political, and religious woes, often resulting in a negative, apathetic
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