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Notre Dame commemorates pioneer of remote WA education

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bishop jobst libraryThe University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus has renamed its library in honour of the first Bishop of Broome John Jobst sac, a Pallotine missionary esteemed for his ministry to Aboriginal people.

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus has renamed its library in honour of Emeritus Bishop John Jobst sac – a pioneer of remote education in Western Australia and the visionary behind Notre Dame’s establishment in the north-west.

The final touches to the Bishop Jobst Library were made on Thursday 24 November 2016, with an official opening and blessing scheduled for 2017.

The Bishop Jobst Library acts as the educational and cultural heartbeat of the Broome Campus. Refurbished in 2005, the award-winning library contains
study spaces, meeting rooms, a comprehensive catalogue of learning resources, and a gallery featuring works of a number of Kimberley Aboriginal artists.

Professor Juli Coffin, Head of the Broome Campus, said it was fitting that the University name its learning repository after Bishop Jobst who
dedicated his life to educating others.

“Each day, our students and staff are reminded of the significant contribution Bishop Jobst made to Notre Dame and our Broome Campus; both in promoting tertiary education pathways and creating employment opportunities for the Kimberley community.”

This was first published in the March 2017 issue of the Kimberly Community Profile, the publication of the Catholic Diocese of Broome.

To read more about the life and work of the late Bishop John Jobst, read this 2014 article from Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese.