Saint Pius X - the Patron Saint of the College
Saint Pius X is a worthy patron challenging us to blend Faith and learning and culture and for the College to produce young men who respect themselves and others.
- Giuseppe Sarto was born in 1835 at Riese, Northern Italy, the second eldest of ten children.
- Though poor, his parents valued education and Giuseppe walked 6 kilometres to school each day.
- He was ordained a priest in 1858 and later was Bishop of Mantua and Cardinal Patriarch of Venice.
- Fr Sarto had a strong pastoral concern in his priestly ministries and often pawned his personal possessions to help the poor.
- His Papacy extended from 9 August 1903 to 20 August 1914 and was noteworthy for a number of achievements: codification of Canon Law, promotion of scientific study of the Bible, more modern liturgies and church music and many social justice initiatives.
- He is often called the Pope of the Eucharist because he made Holy Communion available to younger people “at the age of reason”.
- Pope Pius X was canonized on 29 May 1954 and two days later at a special mass in the local parish church the school was officially named St Pius X College.