Our Library – The Father Gerry Remie Centre
Our library, which won architectural awards upon its construction in 2011, is a relaxing space for collaborative learning or individual study or reading. It features comfortable and quiet spaces, with second-story views of the college and the surrounding landscape through the floor-to-ceiling windows which make up most of the outer walls. There are abundant resources available to assist with your studies or to enjoy at your own leisure. Our teacher librarian, Mrs Whiting, is available to assist you with all library-related matters.
Recognition of the work of the late Fr Gerry Remie
Fr Gerry Remie was instrumental in the development of the Catholic faith in Palmerston and the surrounding rural areas. His love and support for children were legendary. Fr Gerry was a committed educator of the Catholic faith for the children of Palmerston and Humpty Doo. He tirelessly sacrificed himself building these foundations with the vision of a Catholic Secondary College in mind and heart.
Fr Gerry’s outstanding achievements:
- Founding Parish Priest Humpty Doo Parish;
- Founding Parish Priest of Palmerston Parish;
- Raised funds to build Our Lady Help of Christian’s parish presbytery and church;
- Established Sacred Heart Primary School building fund and built Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School;
- Raised funds to build the St Vincent de Paul Centre in Palmerston;
- Gained the respect of many throughout the Palmerston Community;
- Taught Religious Education in schools around Palmerston – welcomed and respected at government schools; and,
- Many government ministers sought Fr Gerry’s counsel regarding the Euthanasia bill in late 1990s
Fr Remie was a man of vision. His greatest wish was to build a Catholic Secondary College and Youth Centre for Palmerston. He was a very social person who loved cricket (qualified umpire) and AFL football. His education style was that of genuine love and warmth for all young people. Fr Remie was certainly a well loved and respected parish priest; children adored him and flocked to him on every occasion.
When writing about Father Gerry’s fundraising abilities and achievement Father Michael Jackson wrote: “it was so successful that the presbytery, church and school were built and yet, at the time of his death late “99, there was no debt owing and donations kept coming in despite my telling donors that Fr Gerry had passed away”. “Despite Father Michael informing donors that Father Gerry had died, the money kept coming in. From a position of faith, one may consider if that was Father Gerry continuing his efforts from his heavenly home. Many would say it was and we certainly believe that Father Gerry is keeping a very watchful eye over Palmerston, so in retrospect, I now feel that Father Michael’s few words are very important”.
The final mandate of the Risen Christ to the assembled community was “go teach” how to live as people of God
(Matthew 28: 16-20)
Here is a link to an article on Gerry Remie written by his Nephew, Robert Remie Msc. CMC, in the Netherlands.
Father Gerry Remie Memorial Video
Other Relevant Information
fr-gerry-remie (pdf compilation of photocopied documents)
Photos of Our Library