Dr Denis Moore cfc was honoured at the Victorian Parliament recently in recognition of his outstanding leadership. Mr Colin Brooks, State Member for Bundoora and Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly hosted a lunch to honour Dr. Denis Moore’s 25 years of service as Parade’s Principal. Joining them were Andy Kuppe (Acting Principal) and John Kennedy, State Member for Hawthorn and retired Principal of Loyola College. Dr. Moore was also welcomed to a session of Parliament, given a tour and introduced to the Premier, Daniel Andrews.
Br Denis Moore finishes his time at Parade at the end of the year. At his farewell at the Principals’ Thanksgiving Mass last week, Andy Kuppe shared some of the following words:
I am delighted to offer some words on the occasion of Dr Denis Moore completing 25 years as Principal of Parade College.
The Book of Proverbs tells us that:
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honour
Loyalty is defining for Denis. He is deeply loyal to his family; his staff, students and parents; his Congregation; to Edmund Rice Education and most of all to his faith. But he is not blind in his loyalty. He is rightly critical of unjust aspects of institutions. Denis was a loyal deputy in four schools before being appointed Principal at Parade. Each boss valued his support and loyalty immensely. He would never publically undermine them, despite any private misgivings. He has an amazing gift for engendering loyalty in others.
The Prophet Isaiah reminds us that:
Yahweh longs to be gracious to you; therefore God will rise up to show you compassion. For Yahweh is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for God!
Time and time again, in working with Denis, I have wondered what would be the limit of his compassion. When a Preston school’s future was bleak and the Catholic Education Office came to Denis with a begging bowl. With graciousness, he embraced them, provided uniforms, forgave fees, offered dignity, a future. Compassion. For almost 150 years Parade has only enrolled boys, until Elnaz, a Hazara girl and asylum seeker asked him for a Parade education. Her only friends were Parade boys who had been tutoring her. He enrolled her. Compassion. When a staff member has exhausted all leave and is in crisis, he quietly approves continued payment of wages. Compassion. When a boy has exhausted his very last chance, Denis offers him another. Compassion.
Denis may God rise up to show you compassion, because you are a man of justice and have truly blessed Edmund Rice Education.