Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Spirit of Catholic Education Award Recipient Goes Viral

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Spirit of Catholic Education Award Recipient Goes Viral

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FATHER Ray Crowley is this year's Spirit of Catholic Education Award recipient.

When his win was posted on the Catholic Education Week Facebook page, he had nearly 6000 hits in the first few hours.

Not surprising, given the many current and past students and staff that have had their lives influenced by Fr Ray's care, compassion and friendship.

Fr Ray has served as College chaplain to St Saviour's, St Mary's and St Joseph's Colleges for some four decades in Toowoomba.

During this time he has cultivated strong and trusted relationships that have led to many former students calling Fr Ray a 'friend' and continuing to call on him at pivotal times in their lives, whether it be births and marriages, or at times of tragedy or grief.

Acting principal of St Saviour's College, Sharon Collins, who nominated Fr Ray for this award said, "for many at our schools, Fr Ray is the 'face of God', particularly for those who do not have a direct link nor experience of 'church'. …

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