Iona Presentation College

Celtic Cross

Location: Between East Wing/Year 12

This crucifix is a contemporary version of the original seventh century "Iona Cross" found on the Isle of Iona. Such crosses were introduced to faithful communities by St Patrick and St Columba, melding the Christian Cross with symbols of the sun and ancient celtic carvings.


About the Art:

The art installation was designed by an Iona parent, Mr Tim Whiteman, formerly of Artcom Fabrication, and was constructed by Artcom in 2020 as part of the College’s Stage 5/6 building program of the New Learning Centre at the heart of the College.

Constructed from digitally carved acetylated medium density fibreboard mounted on a steel frame, the piece has been designed to give the Celtic Cross a more ancient, stone look, while allowing for contemporary methods of manufacture and installation.

About the Celtic Cross:

The Celtic Cross is a strong symbol of faith that has been used for centuries around the world. An Irish Celtic Cross combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection. A symbol of man’s redemption, it is thought by many that the ring symbolises a halo and the cross indicates the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us.

The Catholic Church in Ireland at the time of Nano Nagle was highly influenced by the Celtic heritage of the region, therefore, it was only natural that the Presentation Sisters who farewelled their lives in Ireland ‘goodbye’ to come to Australia to continue Nano’s good work would recognise the Celtic Cross as a significant symbol for the Order.

On the Isle of Iona, there are many fine examples of Celtic Crosses that date back to 8-10th Century, including St Martin’s Cross (the Iona Cross) and St John’s Cross in the grounds of the Iona Abbey.

At Iona, we celebrate Nano’s Irish heritage and that of our Presentation Sisters.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a much celebrated and longstanding Feast Day at Iona Presentation College. In modern times, Saint Patrick’s Day is commemorated with an outdoor Eucharistic Celebration in Memorial Park before various celebratory activities for the community.

Acknowledgements:

Nagle Education Alliance Australia. (2016). Induction Module 1: Nano’s Story. Retrieved September 2020 from www.neaa.com.au

Ian Anthony (photo, The Iona Cross, Isle of Iona, 2019)


The Iona Cross