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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli & History

St Pope John XXIII Biography

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The College History

Roncalli College is a Catholic co-educational College formed in 1982 following the amalgamation of St Patrick’s High School and Mercy College.


The College takes its name from the family name of St Pope John XXIII, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Elected to the Papacy in 1958, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli steered the Church on a path of renewal which revitalised Catholic life throughout the world. His genial disposition, simple faith and sincerity endeared him to all. He was very active in promoting ecumenism, justice and peace. St Pope John XXIII was canonized on 27 April 2014.

From St Pope John XXIII the College ethos is 'to seek truth and peace', a wonderful sumation of his life, a true disciple of Christ.

'To seek truth and peace' is depicted on the College crest combined with symbols of our Mercy and Marist Charisms. The Marist symbol is the ‘Star of the Sea’ is intertwined with A and M (‘Ave Maria’) which reminds us of Mary, Mother of Christ and the Mercy cross symbolises the heart of our redemption by Jesus Christ.

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Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

ST POPE JOHN XXIII