Esprit du Chevalier
The Esprit du Chevalier Medal
This award, the Esprit du Chevalier (“Spirit of the Knight”) Medal is conferred on a person with a connection to Chevalier College or its community, in most cases a past student, but it could also be a current or former staff member, current student, or current or past parent. In exceptional cases it might awarded to an outstanding person or dignitary without a prior existing connection to Chevalier College but who embodies the ethos being celebrated by the award and in recognition of their contribution to the wider community. This might be the case when, for example, such a dignitary has occasion to visit the College.
The award is be based on recognition of a person who has lived their life, much like the knights of old, with a “sense of mission” – a quality much prized by the MSC founder, Jules Chevalier. That sense of mission results in a positive record of achievement, service, representation or impact and ideally exhibits the following characteristics of the MSC ministry:
A spirit of family and a spirit of brotherhood
Formed by kindness and understanding
By compassion and mutual forgiveness
By gentleness, humility and simplicity
By hospitality, and a sense of humour
Extract from MSC Constitution #10
To be attentive to all human needs and aspirations
such as, the need to be respected as persons, the need for love and peace,
for freedom, justice and truth, and the search for meaning in life.
Extract from MSC Constitution #24
These qualities are also described by former Chevalier College Rector Fr Tyson Doneley msc OAM in his letter to future scholars (October 26 2012):
“Chevalier College with its ideal setting is where you can dream of those future years, then make your dream come true by living the qualities of the Chevalier – courage, compassion, energy and effort – as you follow your dreams with real action…”