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  • ​The Old Paradian Peter Scott, in his recent research of digitized editions of Catholic weekly newspaper The Advocate, has uncovered a heart-rending story of the all-too-short life of Fr. Brian Condren, a student of Parade College East Melbourne more than 100 years ago.

    Peter’s online exploration uncovered a number of tributes paid to Fr. Condren – amongst them an appreciation by an unnamed school companion who wrote:

    “From the moment I met him (Fr. Condren) there sprang up between us a friendship which only time cemented, but death, alas! has severed for ever.

    “As a boy he was of a genial, kind, and loving disposition. He was courteous, urbane, and generous to all. Never did an unkind or uncharitable or angry word cross his lips, and his one care was to be kind and considerate of the feelings of others.”
  • ​The Old Paradians’ Association has rounded out the 2019 year by honouring its former President Lewis Derrico with the Tenete Award.

    At its penultimate meeting in November, members of the Association committee unanimously voted in favour of the award being bestowed upon Lewis, who was forced to relinquish the presidency in June due to health reasons.

    Dr Paul Shannon (1985), with whom Lewis is pictured here at the Association’s wine-tasting evening in 2016, succeeded Lewis as President.

    The Tenete Award was instituted in 1974 – co-incidentally the same year Lewis officiated as Parade College captain - to mark the 60th anniversary of the Old Paradians’ Association’s existence and to renew its pledge to serve Parade College and its students.




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  • OPA Luncheon

    Held on every second Wednesday of the month since 1936, the OPA Monthly Luncheon is quite possibly the oldest luncheon of its type in the world. Join Old Paradians over a sumptuous meal and a glass of vino within the idyllic surrounds of Melbourne's RACV City Club in Bourke Street.
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The Old Paradians' Association seeks to foster links with all past students, whose formative years were shaped by the Christian Brothers of Parade College.

Formally established in 1914, the Association’s inaugural 13-man committee included the President James Kennedy (who completed his Matriculation class at Parade in 1890), Reverend Brother JM Dwyer and the Rush brothers Robert and William, all of whom maintained a continuing interest in the Association for the rest of their lives.