Rosendo Salvado – Enrichment
Bishop Rosendo Salvado, who established the monastic community of New Norcia, has been selected to represent the Enrichment Pillar. In naming a House after Salvado we acknowledge our proximity to New Norcia. Bishop Salvado concentrated his activity on giving a practical education to the Aboriginal children who were brought to New Norcia from all over the state.
He demonstrated a sympathy for indigenous culture that was rare in his day. On one occasion Salvado walked 130 kilometres to Perth, alone, eating whatever he could find, to petition Bishop Brady for funds for the mission. On this walk he would have passed close to Ellenbrook. Upon being turned down in his request for funds, Salvado used his own musical gifts to acquire money for the New Norcia mission, performing a piano recital to raise the necessary money.
Bishop Salvado and the New Norcia community - past and present - represent the importance of receiving the gifts of God with gratitude, developing them responsibly and sharing them lovingly with others.
The House logo
The Salvado logo has at its centre a rendition of the Benedictine cross which hangs here in this Learning Resource Centre, a gift to us from the community of New Norcia. The olives represent the fruits of the labour - the gifts of the land which Salvado and those who followed nurtured.
The entrance of the New Norcia chapel symbolises our link to the faith community of New Norcia and a reminder of the importance of prayer. Gratitude is a key component of the Enrichment pillar and the Monday morning gratitude prayer has become part of the tradition of the College.
Salvado shared his gifts with the aboriginal people in his establishment of the New Norcia mission, represented by the dots, depicting ‘a meeting place’.