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Surrounded by benefactors, faculty, staff and students on Friday, 21 June, 2013, St Paul’s High School officially declared open the much anticipated Paul Albrechtsen MultiPlex.
Streamed live into the Richardson Gymnasium to the gathered assembly, the ceremony started with the blessing of the cornerstone by Most Reverend V James Weisgerber DD, Archbishop of Winnipeg. Present for the opening events was Very Reverend Peter Bisson SJ, Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in English Canada, various Jesuits of the local community and priests of the diocese.
In his remarks following mass, Reverend Alan Fogarty SJ thanked all those who made the MultiPlex possible, bringing special attention to the lead donors and those responsible for construction of the MultiPlex. Contextualizing his homily with the evolution of the Partners in the Mission Campaign, Fr Fogarty picked up on the words of His Holiness Pope Francis from a recent address on the theme of magnanimity to faculty and students of Jesuit schools in Italy and Albania. Fr Fogarty issued the same call to those assembled “to have a big heart, to have a great spirit; it means to have great ideals, the desire to do great things to respond to what God asks of us, and exactly this doing of daily things well, all of the daily acts, obligations, encounters with people; doing everyday small things with a big heart open to God and to others.”
Fr Fogarty went on to explain the significance of the Loggia San Alberto Hurtado—the entrance of the building sponsored by the Jesuits in English Canada and the Jesuits of Winnipeg. Bearing a stylized bronze ihs in the floor, a symbol for the Holy Name of Jesus which is universally identified with the Society of Jesus, the loggia, or open gallery, overlooks the Richardson Gymnasium and is dedicated in the honor of the Chilean Jesuit who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI.
In a spontaneous response to the day, Provincial Superior Peter Bission SJ echoed the sentiments of Fr Fogarty and on behalf of the Jesuits in English Canada thanked all those who made the Partners in the Mission Campaign a success. He thanked Fr Fogarty for his tireless dedication to the project which resulted in a thunderous applause and standing ovation.
To mark the official opening, Fr Alan Fogarty SJ, Archbishop Wiesgerber and Provincial Peter Bisson SJ, flanked by major donors and community members, cut the ceremonial ribbon to much fanfare and applause. Guests were then free to tour the MultiPlex and enjoyed a reception in the Loggia San Alberto Hurtado graciously hosted by the St Paul’s High School Parent Guild.
To view a photo gallery of the grand opening of the Paul Albrechtsen MultiPlex, please click here.