Heritage and History

Brigidine College’s dedication to excellence in teaching and learning within the Catholic faith tradition grows from our Brigidine heritage.  It dates back to Celtic beginnings, to St Brigid and the founder of the Brigidine order, Bishop Daniel Delany.

The Brigidine Sisters’ determination, faith and generosity are modelled on that of the fifth  century figure of Brigid. Today she is still relevant as a strong female role model.

Brigid’s life inspires hope 

in those who yearn for the full equality of men and women in the Church and in society today;

in those who work to conserve our earth;

in those who promote peace, justice and reconciliation.

Her warm compassionate heart crossed all divides and reached out to those in need.  

The Brigidine symbols, Brigid’s Cross and Lamp, represent the light of faith and learning in the search for truth and justice. The Brigidine Sisters’ focus on “educating in faith and building strong learning communities is seen as a powerful means of social transformation whereby the ideals of peace, freedom and social justice are promoted.”

The Brigidine motto of Strength and Gentleness (Fortiter et Suaviter) and the Brigidine vision of building a better world through education remain central in the life of the College.

Our endeavour is to re-interpret the Brigidine vision for a future generation of strong and gentle young women.

The words translated from Bishop Delany’s crest keep us focussed on maintaining a caring community:

“Nothing is as strong as gentleness.  Nothing is as gentle as real strength.”