About the Oratory Society

The Logo

The new Good Samaritan Catholic College Oratory Society logo is inspired by traditional crests with an attempt at combining the long history of oratory activities with the contemporary nature of the College itself. It features each of the GSCC colours of light green, burgundy and black along with a gold outline to represent the oratory society itself. Black and Gold are featured heavily on the Debating Academy logo and will become the official colours of Oratory at Good Samaritan.

Within the shield are displayed the GSCC College Logo along with three symbols that reflect the diverse activities available at Good Samaritan. The bell is now synonymous with speaking activities and is the same bell that dominates the SWCCDA logo. In the lower left is a book to symbolise the academic nature of Oratory Society activities and is placed next to the lectern which is yet another prominent symbol of oratory.

The banner below the shield features the GSCC Oratory Society motto expressed through the latin phrase: Narro Sursum Quod Iudico Iuste. In English this is translated as "Speak up and judge fairly" which can be found in Proverbs 31:9. It is fitting that the motto should be inspired by the Holy Bible considering the Society's strong connection to the Catholic ethos of the College and its new desire to connect with the school's Evangelisation and Social Justice Groups.

Concept and Design by Mr Matthew Bradbury (Oratory Coordinator)

Developed by Kristy Bartels (Debating Academy Captain)

The Patron Saint

St. John Chrysostom

St. John, named Chrysostom (golden-mouthed) on account of his eloquence, came into the world of Christian parents, about the year 344, in the city of Antioch. His mother, at the age of 20, was a model of virtue. He studied rhetoric under Libanius, a pagan, the most famous orator of the age.

In 374, he began to lead the life of an anchorite in the mountains near Antioch, but in 386 the poor state of his health forced him to return to Antioch, where he was ordained a priest.

In 398, he was elevated to the See of Constantinople and became one of the greatest lights of the Church. But he had enemies in high places and some were ecclesiastics, not the least being Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who repented of this before he died. His most powerful enemy, however, was the empress Eudoxia, who was offended by the apostolic freedom of his discourses. Several accusations were brought against him in a pseudo-council, and he was sent into exile.

In the midst of his sufferings, like the apostle, St. Paul, whom he so greatly admired, he found the greatest peace and happiness. He had the consolation of knowing that the Pope remained his friend, and did for him what lay in his power. His enemies were not satisfied with the sufferings he had already endured, and they banished him still further, to Pythius, at the very extremity of the Empire. He died on his way there on September 14, 407.

(Cited in Catholic Online at http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=64)