Andrew Watson has been formally commissioned as director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Wagga Wagga.
Special guests at the commission Mass at St Michael’s Cathedral last week included local, state and federal politicians, National Catholic Education Commission director Jacinta Collins, Catholic Schools NSW chief Dallas McInerney, Presentation Sisters congregation leader Sr Margaret Barclay, representatives of various religious communities, principals from the diocese’s 29 schools, as well as Dr Watson’s colleagues, family and friends.
During the commissioning, Wagga Wagga Bishop Mark Edwards OMI presented Dr Watson with a gift and a lit candle, telling him that he is “called to be a light to the people around you”.
In his homily, Bishop Edwards spoke of the “adventure” God is calling Dr Watson to in taking up the director role.
“Today, I want to think a little bit about the adventure that God's calling you on, Andrew, and perhaps, in that, I could challenge all of us to think about the adventure that God is walking with us,” Bishop Edwards said.
“How do we discover that calling? How do we discover the purpose that God made us for? I want to suggest two things. First is through our dreams, and particularly, Andrew, the children we have in our schools, have dreams about what they'd like to do. In many cases, that dream will be their calling.
“The second way that we find our vocation is through God. Andrew, I suggest that those two have come together here today. For your leadership in education and the needs of this diocese are both ways that God has called you.
“He hasn’t just called you to be a director of Catholic Education, he has called you to be the director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga.
“This is the journey that he shares with you, the ‘adventure’.”
Commissioning of Dr Andrew Watson (Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga)