Franciscan Tradition

Franciscan Tradition2024-02-21T14:35:34+10:00
Mount Alvernia College is a Catholic school in the Franciscan tradition enriched by the spirituality of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi and Elizabeth Hayes, the founder of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters.

Each of these patrons embodied trust in God, the virtue of simplicity, a reverence for the interconnectedness of people and all creation, profound wisdom, a revolutionary spirit that enabled them to challenge the structures of their day, and a deep compassion for those on the margins of society. We follow the Franciscan values of compassion, joy, love, peace, respect, service and trust.

In seeking to live our patrons’ inspiration in the world today, we have identified four guiding Gospel values; Courage, Joy, Respect and Service. These values are animated in all that we do.


We believe that courage is the embodiment of a spirited learner and leader. It is the virtue which helps us to face challenges and to call out injustice in our world.


We believe that our young people need a hope-filled and optimistic future. Saint Francis was known as a man of deep and abiding joy because he believed that joy could be found by recognising the presence of God in all things. By boldly seeking our aspirations with purpose and meaning, we too can live life fully and joyfully.


We believe that respect is at the very foundation of all relationships. We honour the dignity of the whole person through love and inclusion. We respect the intrinsic value of our common home and all of creation.


We believe that service is the demonstrated expression of who we are as Franciscan people. We use our gifts and talents to serve others with compassion. Through our action for justice locally and globally, we seek to transform the world for good.

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