St. Mary's Unveils Centenary Celebration Plans

Posted on 11 Feb 2019


St. Mary's College has unveiled details of an ambitious programme of events to mark its centenary this year.

To mark our 100th birthday, we are planning to stage special musical, sporting and reunion gatherings and all members of the St. Mary's community are invited to get involved.

For the centrepiece of the programme, we welcome back one of our most famous former students - Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Cardinal Nichols will be the VIP guest at a service of thanksgiving and celebration dinner at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 15th June, when he will be presented with a commemorative book written by St. Mary’s Head of History, Niall Rothnie, to mark the school’s centenary.

The school will also stage two special centenary concerts featuring performances from pupils past and present.

‘St. Mary’s at the Movies’ will be held at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 23rd March and will be followed by the college’s centenary Proms in the Park music and fireworks extravaganza at its Blundell Park playing field on Saturday 13th July.

On the sporting front the school has scheduled a special cricket match against a team representing the prestigious Lord’s-based MCC club on Wednesday 3rd July.

Later in the year former pupils will be invited to take part in a major sporting reunion event at Blundell Park on Friday 27th December, with some further music reunion events planned for the same day for good measure.

Other activities over the course of the centenary year will include back to school tours and lectures for former students so they can find out about life at the college today.

Similarly, back in time activities will enable current pupils to discover what life was like at St. Mary’s for their predecessors.

Commenting on the centenary plans Principal, Mike Kennedy, said: “2019 is a very important year for the college, and our aim has been to come up with a varied programme of activities that does justice to our proud history.

“We hope that it includes something for everyone, and we extend a cordial invitation to all former pupils, members of staff and their families to come along and celebrate this important milestone with us.”

For more information about the centenary programme visit or ring St. Mary’s College on 0151 924 3926.