Emmaus Catholic College was established in 1988. The Foundation Principal, a member of the Mercy Order, established the Mercy charism within the College, which continues to inform the practices of the school.
The College is an initiative of the parents and pastors of Our Lady of the Rosary, St Mary's; Holy Spirit, St Clair; and representatives of the Catholic Education Office.
The College has been given the title 'Emmaus'.
This name, taken from Luke 24:13-33, is the setting in which Jesus walked with the two disciples after his resurrection, and they recognised Him only when He broke bread with them at the evening meal. It is an appropriate title, as those involved with Emmaus will journey for a time with the students who enrol here.
The story of the Emmaus' journey summarises salvation history. And our College Philosophical Statement develops the themes of mission, hope and vision, conviction, journeying, openness, and hospitality.
Today Emmaus Catholic College is known for ensuring the best possible learning & teaching for the whole person as part of a rich tradition of Catholic education.
Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. And it happened that as they were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but their eyes were prevented from recognising him. He said to them, 'What are all these things that you are discussing as you walk along?' They stopped, their faces downcast.
Then one of them called Cleopas, answered him, You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.' He asked, 'What things?' They answered, 'All about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have now gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they could not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared that he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.'
Then he said to them, 'You foolish men! so slow to believe all that the prophets have said! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into his glory?' Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the Scriptures that were about himself.
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them saying, 'It is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.' So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at the table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, 'Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?' They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, 'The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon'. Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they recognised him at the breaking of the bread.