Strength and Courage through Love
On Tuesday 2 May, the students and staff of Ningil House celebrated the inaugural Ningil House Feast Day. The day began with prayer and reflection in Morning PC, where the formation of the Ningil Mission in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, as well as what it means to be a member of Ningil House today, were referenced. Later in the day, the House celebrated through reciting the House prayer, singing a rousing rendition of “I’m a Ningil House Kid” and sharing cake in what proved to be a most joyous atmosphere. Thank you to Mrs Vicki Meyers for her excellent organisation and foresight, to the students of the Ningil House Executive Committee and the Ningil House Captains Jasmine Cunningham and Heather Brayshaw, for their commitment and effort to ensure that all the ladies of Ningil House could truly celebrate being a part of this great community.
Ningil House, the red house, has strong links with Papua New Guinea and takes its name from the Ningil Mission in the Northern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The mission was founded in 1966 by the Order of Presentation nuns. These strong and courageous young women overcame many difficulties to set up the Ningil Mission and their frugal and harsh lifestyle was in keeping with the values and vision expressed by the order’s founder Nano Nagle. As a young girl in Ireland, Nano Nagle came from a wealthy family yet she dedicated her life to alleviating the suffering of the poor. The Ningil Mission provides the local community with a medical centre and a meeting place where pre-school children are taught and women learn sewing skills. The motto of Ningil House is ‘Strength and Courage through Love’ and the emblems are taken from Papua New Guinea, the warrior, the bird of paradise and the frangipani flower.
So how did Ningil become Ningil...?
In 1959 the college was established as an archdiocesan school and staffed by representatives from six different orders of nuns. These six different order of nuns are still part of our school with all of our house systems been named after each order of nuns. Ningil is the red house at Merici College. Ningil takes its name from the order of Presentation Nuns. It was formed on the 25th of December Christmas day in the year 1775 by Nano Nagle. Ningil Mission was a mission in the Northern Highlands of Papua New Guniea. The mission was founded in 1966 by the order of presentation Nuns. These strong and courageous young women overcame many difficulties to set up the Ningil Mission and their frugal and harsh lifestyle was in keeping with the values and vision expressed by the order’s founder Nano Nagal. Ningil house was named specifically after this mission. As a young girl in Ireland, Nano Nagle came from a wealthy family yet she dedicated her life to alleviating the suffering of the poor. The Ningil Mission provides the local community with a medical centre and a meeting place where pre-school children are taught and women learn sewing skills.
Our House Prayer
May you journey in peace,
In strength and courage through love,
Believing in God who is life,
Owning Christ’s cross and its freedom,
Loving our neighbour as family,
Not counting the cost or the glory,
Sensing the spirit whose presence,
Sheds light on your journey to peace,
In strength and courage through love.
Ningil Prayer on the Theme of Love
“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” – St Gregory the Great
Loving God, we thank you for the unconditional love you have given us. Give us the strength to show each other this unconditional love each and every day. Help us show our love for others through both our words and deeds.
Response: “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” – Psalm 33:21-22
Women in Business in PNG is the Ningil House charity and each year students from the House raise funds to support them. Ningil House has a strong sense of community and this is acknowledged during the year in House assemblies and various fund raising and community activities.