The Columbans and Xavier College

Fr Vincent Batchelor with Xavier studentsFr Vincent Batchelor with Xavier students

When Xavier College opened its doors as a secondary school in 1953 it was an unique initiative in the Society of St. Columban. Other schools had been set up by Columbans and managed by them, but Xavier was a school set up and staffed by Columbans.

At the end of 1987 a chapter in the history of the Columbans in Fiji ended. Xavier College was handed over to the capable hands of the Monfort Brothers of St. Gabriel by the last principal Fr Dan Ahern. At the time Dan was alone on the staff with Fr Vincent Batchelor as chaplain and teacher of religion. Fr Batchelor remains the only Columban on the Xavier Staff and is the last link there with the Columbans.

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