Brescia House pays tribute to the Ursuline order of nuns, one of the six orders of nuns who collaborated to bring Merici College into being. The patron saints from which Brescia seeks guidance and wisdom are Saints Ursula and Angela Merici, the first from whom the Ursulines take their name and the second who began this religious company of women in Brescia, Italy where we derive our name.
Angela Merici felt that she was called to care for women in a special way and throughout her life she sought ways and means to fulfil this call. She felt that it was important to support women in living the Gospel in their daily lives. In putting her vision into reality Angela took two women who were both strong figures and models of inner strength, St Catherine and St Ursula, as her role models. Both of these saints are patronesses of young people and of learning. Their teachings form the foundation of Brescia House.
The Brescia House motto is “Sfidiamo” which means, “Let’s Dare, We Dare”. In Brescia House this is the focal point of our core values. We attempt to continually develop ourselves spiritually and emotionally to impart Brescia House values and our motto to all in the Merici College community.
Brescia's House Story
On the 25th of November 1535, Angela Merici and 28 Companions founded the company of St Ursula, a convent of nuns. This order was formally recognised as the company of Ursuline nuns recognised in 1545 by Pope Paul the third. The Ursuline nuns are split into two branches the order of St Ursula and the company of St Ursula and they are collectively known as the Angelines. The company of St Ursula protect young people and was trusted to be chosen as the patron saint of Merici. The Angelines care for the sick and poor people, and are the patron Saints of education responsible for the education of girls.
Brescia is located in North-West Italy an hour out of Milan. Founded 3,200 years ago, Brescia is home to numerous monuments and some of the best preserved Roman public buildings. This is where St Angela Merici was born, and where she grew up, and she remains there today. Angela died in Brescia on 27 January in the year 1540, due to old age. She had retired from her teaching position, and head of the order but still devoted her life to the teaching of girls across Italy. She was known as a mother throughout Northern Italy To this day her body rest in a glass coffin in her church in the heart of Brescia. Her body still intact and her crown on her head.
Brescia's Charity ... Care and Share
A History of Care & Share
Care & Share was started by a man called Bill Dalrymple in 1957. It was started to service Christian bookshops with imported books, cards and Sunday school resources. Their mission was very distinct: to bring products with a message of hope inspiration and encouragement to the market place. Care and Share’s motto is: “We seek to live our message by serving by integrity valuing relationships being fair and equitable in our business practices.” Eventually, they started providing; cooking lessons, food, bus tickets, swags, education and helped to rebuild lives.
How does Care & Share link to Brescia’s Ethos?
Brescia’s values are to empower ourselves, our friends, family, and people in our wider community. We strive to help others that are less fortunate then us. Care & Share, a charity that is based in Canberra, has many values that are similar to the ones of Brescia, and Merici College. Such as: providing a safe and stimulating environment to educate young people and helping young people to realise their full potential and succeed to the best of their abilities. They also provide support to families and students who are experiencing hardships and difficulties, among many other things. The values of Care & Share are similar to the ones of Brescia because they both strive to help young children reach their potential and give them an education.
How does Care & Share help
Care and share help people by sending out different types of products with a special message of hope, inspiration and encouragement. Care and Share also help by providing a pantry of healthy food, with essential items included, cooking lessons with nutritional support, clothes and accessories and mentoring programs. By providing these products they are helping the people in the community in who are in need, have low income, a struggle to meet the cost of clothing and food. They also give new job opportunities, work experience and other special events.
Ideas to raise money for Care & Share:
Students to prepare meals for ‘Care & Share’, following the model of the Yellow Van cooking nights.
BYO produce day: students to bring in groceries and produce, to be taken to the pantry.
Students raise money for the ‘Care & Share’ charity by organising a smoothie/slushy, a chocolate dipped fruit stall or a healthy snack store stall.
Christmas- each PC brings in a shoebox full of appropriate goods (for example, there could be a focus on baby food, coffee or toiletries).
Students to host a dress-up Photo Booth.
Senior volunteers to work at ‘Care and Share’.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Peter 1: 3-8
Guide us in Brescia to be called to serve others in the way of our own St Angela.
Through your guidance, we come together
United as sisters to bring hope to all those we love.
To our friends through our respect to them
To our families through our recognition of them
To our school through our loyalty
To our community through our service to them
Help us to realise that it is in giving that we receive
It is through the humble act of giving to others that we discover our true selves
Through your love, we join together as sisters,
United in our vision to love, serve, dream, hope and dare.