Faith and Mission

Faith

The particular emphasis on faith and mission at Genazzano flows from a strong sense of Catholic identity and the FCJ Charism (spiritual gift). Faith education at Genazzano is informed by three core values: a passion for life, a love of learning, and the courage and confidence to lead and serve others.

The inspirational foundress of the Sisters FCJ, the Blessed Marie Madeleine d'Houet, was a woman for our time. Marie Madeleine was a daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother whose life was defined by a restless commitment and willingness to assist those in need, despite her own hardships. Her great faith gifted her with the courage and confidence that was the basis of her life's work, and the work of all the Sisters - past, present and future - who continue to respond as women to the call of those in need.

Today, the Sisters FCJ continue the work of Jesus, demonstrating the message of God’s great love for all people. They strive to work with humility, poverty, obedience and gentleness. They work for God and with God. They are women in the world, ready to stand together to help others, to go where needed, and to go with courage and confidence.

In the spirit of Marie Madeleine, the College seeks to create a caring atmosphere where all can find a place and feel at home. Ever mindful of our Ignatian intellectual and spiritual heritage, Genazzano encourages students to view the world with kindness and curiosity. With a real and meaningful commitment to sharing the importance of social justice, Genazzano prepares students for the world beyond the College gates where they can be valuable members of the community; both local and global.

The College is commited to supporting the important work of the FCJ Sisters in Australia and Asia, as well as Catholic organisations including CatholicCare and St Vincent de Paul. Religious Education is taught from ELC to Year 12. Prayer and liturgy are integral components of Genazzano life, providing all students with the chance to reflect upon and develop their spirituality. 

Companionship is central to the FCJ philosophy of education, being expressed through faithfulness, gentleness and respect. In the Ignatian tradition, the College encourages students to look to find God in all things - teaching an active attentiveness joined with a prompt responsiveness to God, who is constantly active in our lives.

Genazzano seeks to be a nurturer of life and a joyful messenger of hope and love, preparing our students for a life of leadership in the wider community where our graduates will be seen as women of contemplation, competence, compassion and commitment.

Mission

We are a Catholic learning community challenging our students to live and act with discernment through:

  • An excellent academic program
  • Quality religious education
  • An intensive co-curriculum
  • Active engagement with issues of social justice.

Values

We value:

  • Life as a gift of God to be shared
  • Companionship with God, creation and one another
  • The intrinsic dignity of each individual
  • The distinctive contribution of women to church and society
  • Tducation as lifelong, liberating and transformative.

A passion for life, a love of learning, and the courage and confidence to lead and serve others.