Community of Faith

Saints and Significant People

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been significant in the life of the Sisters of Mercy’s Range College under her title of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Feastday April 26) and in St Joseph’s Christian Brothers’ College as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Feastday June 27). As the patroness of Australia, Mary is known as Our Lady Help of Christians (Feastday May 24).

St Joseph

St Joseph, husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus, is the Patron Saint of our College and signifies the importance of family to the College community. It is our practice to conclude our prayers with “St Joseph – pray for us”. St Joseph’s Feastday is celebrated on March 19 each year.

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Mary MacKillop, declared a Saint of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 17 2010, is Australia’s first named Saint.  She was born in Fitzroy Melbourne on 15 January 1842. In 1866 in Penola South Australia, Mary McKillop with the Rev Julian E Tenison Woods, founded the Religious Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph for the education of poor children especially in the remote areas of Australia. Her Feastday is celebrated on August 8.


Venerable Catherine McAuley

Venerable Catherine McAuley, born in Ireland on 29 September 1778, founded the Religious Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin Ireland on December 12 1831 for the education of poor girls, the visitation of the sick poor in their homes and the refuge of young women.

"Our centre is God from whom all our actions should spring, and no action should separate us from God."

– Catherine McAuley


The Sisters of Mercy came to Australia in 1846 and to Rockhampton on 4 August 1873.

A Sister of Mercy has been a member of staff since the foundation year of the College: Sister Mary St Luke (1991 - 1998) and Sister Margaret Dixon from 1997.

To find out more, visit the website of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Blessed Edmund Rice

Blessed Edmund Rice was born in Ireland on 1 June 1762. In the early 1800s, Edmund founded the Religious Congregation of the Christian Brothers for the education of poor boys.

"Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbour for the love of God, we should prize it more than gold or silver."

– Edmund Rice

The Christian Brothers came to Australia in 1842 and to Rockhampton on 21 June 1894.

Christian Brothers who have been on Staff at TCC: Br Mick Bible (1991-2013), Br Nev Thornton (2000-2002) and Br Ted Magee (Principal: 2000-2002)

To find out more, visit the Edmund Rice website.

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