The evolving cultural and spiritual identity of Our Lady of Lebanon College over its 40 years

Margaret Ghosn

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Abstract

Our Lady of Lebanon School was opened on January 1st 1973 in Harris Park, Parramatta. Two Religious sisters from the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family Congregation, Juliette Ghorayeb and Constance Bacha (who became Principal in 1974) arrived from Lebanon and laid the foundations for the school. They were aided by Monsignor Peter Ziade, parish priest of Saint Maroun's Church. The school opened its doors with an enrolment of 115 pupils under Our Lady of Lebanon Church, situated on land that was originally occupied by the settlers and pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur. The purpose of the school was to provide education to Maronite families newly arrived in Australia, and to maintain the cultural, linguistic and spiritual practices of the community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-115
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society
Volume34
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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