Saint - Paul of Tarsus
St. Paul, the patron saint of missionaries and ropemakers, is
a fitting patron for a school such as St. Paul's Technical
School. St. Paul, although most prominently known as a
missionary, was also schooled as a rabbi in the tradition of
Benjamin. This meant he had to find himself a trade in order
to earn a living, as rabbis were not permitted to take money
in exchange for their teaching.
As a tradesman therefore, St. Paul is
an obvious choice as the patron of a technical school, but why
choose him above other "tradesmen saints" such as St. Joseph
the worker? This question can only be answered by turning to
the man's missionary work and searching for the answer there.
If the Acts of the Apostles and
Paul's Epistles are read in some detail it will be seen that
St. Paul was a man possessing diligent organizational skills,
as well as courage, and a certain amount of tact. These
qualities, when combined, add up to a man to be considered as
a born leader. It is these qualities of leadership that one
strives for in the educating of the young men of the school
named in his honour.
The school song contains the words
"God Keep Them Loyal, Pure, And True..." and this too is an
aim of the school which is exemplified in the life of its
patron. The New Catholic Encyclopedia tells us that Paul was a
man blessed with a love and devotion to Christ which meant
that he had a great respect for anything that was "beautiful,
simple, honourable and true." It is to be hoped that the
Old Boys of the school, in living out their daily lives, live
up to the example and the ideals of their old patron.