His Grace Emmanuel Joseph, Bishop of Canada, was the guest of honour at the offering of the Holy Eucharistic attended for the last time by Mar Narsai Assyrian College’s (MNAC) inaugural graduating class.
The Eucharistic Liturgy, held on 21 September at St. Hurmizd Cathedral, was consecrated by Rev. Priest Narsai Youkhanis, school chaplain of the Assyrian Schools.
His Grace Mar Emmanuel was warmly welcomed to the special event by Year 12 students who begin their high school certification examinations in mid-October and hope to go on to tertiary studies next year.
His Grace Mar Emmanuel is currently accompanying His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East on his sojourn to Australia, with the purpose of attending the MNAC’s first graduation ceremony which was held on the evening of 21 September.
At the conclusion of the offering, students returned to their temporary school building at the Assyrian Australian Social Centre where Year 11 students had organised a celebratory breakfast for the graduating class.
Students shared photos, laughter and tears in celebration of completing their high school education.
His Grace Mar Emmanuel was accompanied by Rev. Younan Dawod, parish priest of St. George mission and Rev. Narsai.[nggallery id=269]