Thursday, May 3, 2012



6 June 1935 - 28 November 2011

Mittagong 1953

The following is an abbreviated version of the Eulogy given by Br Julian Casey, Provincial of Melbourne 2011


Drusilla 48
{posted September 2011}

Brother Brian McGrath (Joachim)

Born: 8 March 1933
Died: 31 August 2011
Aged 78 years.
Son of John and Mary McGrath (both deceased) and brother of Catherine, Mary (deceased) and Philomena (deceased). Served as a Marist Brother for 61 years, 41 years of which he spent in the community at Forbes in the company of his life long friend and colleague Br Kenneth Preston.

Brian was amongst the first intake of Juniors at "Drusilla" in 1948. Then in 1951, he was one of the first group of Juniors from there to proceed to the Novitiate at Mittagong in NSW. Brian was a man of many talents especially noted and remembered for his ability to transform spaces (especially chapels even in his Juniorate years at Macedon) into welcoming, beautiful, and prayerful ones. He valued his Marist heritage and was truly a faithful and exemplary follower of St Marcellin Champagnat.

He passed away peacefully in the Orange Hospital, NSW on the morning of 31 August 2011 in the presence of the Brothers and friends from his community at Forbes.

On Monday 5 September, there was a special farewell of over a thousand at Red Bend College from his Marist community, the students and teachers, and many of his friends and associates. The students formed a guard of honour to the front gate of the College for the hearse which was followed by the Marist Brothers in procession. He will be sadly missed by that community in Forbes.

On Wednesday 7 September a Memorial Mass was celebrated at the Sacred Heart College chapel Somerton Park SA (where he had been sacristan for 8 years from 1963 - 1970). He was farewelled by his fellow Marists, family members, a representative group from Forbes, and friends. The internment took place at Centennial Park Cemetery afterwards.

Vale Br Brian (Joachim) and thank you from all your "Drusilla" colleagues.


Brother Columbanus Pratt
[posted Feb 2011]

Brian Philp - Drusilla 51

[double click on these to enlarge]
At Brian's funeral and requiem, his Drusilla colleagues were represented by: Mike Doherty (and Pat), Brian Greaves (and Jan), Frank Green, Barry Hansen (and Marj), Br Noel Hickey, Les Jones (and Bev), Ken Keating (and Maureen), John Kelly (and Meg), Br Brian McCrystal, Terry O'Brien (and Jenny), Br Terry Orrell, Greg Parnham, Ken Rolls (and Christine). Also present were Br Bill Dillon and Br Brendan Feehan.

Brian did Juniorate training at Macedon from 1951 till 1953, then Novitiate at Mittagong 1954 - 1955. He taught in a number of Marist schools until December 1963. Quote from Brian's profile reads: " I stepped into Lisson Grove, Hawthorn, with a suitcase of clothes, a cheque for 100 pounds and a 20 pound note - no farewells, thank yous or goodbyes, and with no training, no qualifications, no worthwhile skills or identification. I didn't want to go but knew I could not stay. The feeling of emptiness was indescribable. Trying to bank the cheque was an exercise in itself."

Brian was involved with football umpiring in Victoria as an umpire and adviser for over thirty years. He worked in various positions as a clerk, technician, personnel officer and driver, including the chauffeur for the Vice Chancellor of Latrobe University for 11 years.
He met Maureen Mary Murphy at an Catholic 20's Club. They were married in January 1967 and have lived at Watsonia ever since. They have five children (two boys and three daughters), and ten grandchildren.
Many of us have walked part of Brian's life journey over almost sixty years from the time he first came to Macedon from Wonthaggi in Victoria in 1951. He was always a sincere and faithful friend, a great mate and marvellous company to many of us. It has been a privilege and a blessing to have known Brian and his family.

Brian, John Kelly and Br Dougie Walsh were the chief instigators of the first Macedon Reunion. This first one was held at our alma mater "Drusilla" in 1980, and there have been 11 others since that one. Brian and John Kelly have been involved in the planning of all of these. These reunions are great opportunities to keep alive our Marist roots, to renew our friendships, and to foster a family relationship which includes our spouses and children. Br Doug summed this up beautifully recently in an article which appeared in the Marist Newsletter and in our Drusilla blog entitled:
A Reflection on Marist Life
"These were guys who had caught the Marist spirit through their days at Macedon, had passed it onto their wives and children to such an extent that every eighteen months or so the group comes together for a three day live in to share Eucharist and to reflect with their mates who are still Brothers about our shared Marist Life. These gatherings would not be as enriching without the wives and partners of these guys, who as teenagers embraced the Marist Brothers charisma, shared it with their families and now wives and partners are as much a part of the Marist family as they are."
We are all very grateful to Brian for the role he played in keeping this Marist flame alive. Brian was very generous with his time and energies dedicated to this cause. He will be sadly missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maureen and her family.

Farewell Brian - and thank you sincerely.
Rest in the peace and comfort of your Lord - be still, my soul.

[posted July, 2010]


Kevin Irvin - Drusilla 51


Kevin's Requiem was celebrated at St Columba's Church in Ballarat on 1st June 2010. The church was packed to overflowing with family, friends, colleagues, and representatives of the many organisations in which Kevin was involved at Ballarat.
Beloved husband of Margaret; father of Bernadette, Gerard, Stephen, John, Catherine and Matthew; father-in-law of Bernadette, Nicole, Linda, Aaron and Wendy; grandfather of Jenna, Zac, Louisa, Thomas, Jack, Hayden, Alfred, Ruby, Charlie, Isabella and Harry.

Kevin came to Macedon from Marist Brothers' School at Bendigo in 1951. He did his Novitate at Mittagong 1954 - 1955, then Scholaticate at Drummoyne. He taught at Brunswick, Warragul and Griffith before deciding that religious life was not for him.
Kevin married Margaret in 1960, and they have six children and currently eleven grandchildren. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 30th April just one month before Kevin Died.
He did an Accountancy course which served him well for his future career paths including store manager at Myer Ballarat, and Motel owner. He was involved in many service clubs and organisations in Ballarat over nearly forty years until he retired in 1999.
Kevin and Margaret were great supporters of our Macedon reunions, and only missed one of the twelve we have had to date. Although suffering from a serious health problem this year, he and Margaret attended the Mittagong reunion in April 2010 just over a month before he died.
At his funeral his Macedon colleagues were represented by Ken Keating (and Maureen); Brian Greaves (and Jan); Ken Rolls (and Christine); Barrry Hansen (and Marj); John Kelly (and Meg); Brother Gerry Rush; and Terry O'Brien.
Vale Kevin
you will be sadly missed, and thank you for your friendship and support.
Our sincere condolences to Margaret and her family.
This reflection was on the back of the Mass booklet for Kevin's Requiem.

The Road Home
When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me,
I want no nights in gloom filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little - but not too long!
This is a journey we all must take
and is all part of the Master's plan.
Miss me a little - but let me go.


Marist Brother of the Melbourne Province.
Died peacefully on Sunday, December 13, 2009
at Southern Cross Nursing Home, Macleod, Victoria
aged 96 years,
in the 75th year of his religious profession.
Loved son of Patrick and Elsie (both deceased)
and brother to Sheila (deceased).
One who was gifted and devoted to ministering to others
through the discipline and science of psychology.
[ The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday December 14, 2009]
Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at Champagnat Chapel,
Marcellin College, Bulleen.
17 December 2009
followed by Christian Burial
at Kilmore Cemetery.

Many of us who passed through Drusilla as Juniors or Novices
would have come into contact with 'Ronnie" over the years,
and have benefited from his wise council, his effervescent energy,
and his friendship.

What a wonderful Marist.

Vale, Ronnie, and thank you.
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[information courtesy Greg O'Regan ,Br John Horgan (Drusilla 63), John Kelly (Drusilla 51)] ..

An ancient prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary
the oldest known version of which is found on an Egyptian papyrus from 3rd century.
This prayer is used in Litanies to the Blessed Mother
as a concluding prayer of the Church's Evening Prayer.

frequently used signature prayer in Marist schools and training establishments
Macedon and Mittagong.
in particular it is used and usually sung at the conclusion of Marist funerals.

Latin version
Refrain: Sub tuum praesidium, confugimus, confugimus,
Santa Dei Genetrix, Santa Dei Genetrix.
Verse 1
Nostras deprecationes, ne despicias, ne despicias
in necessitatibus nostris
Repeat Refrain
Verse 2
Sed a periculis cunctis, libera nos semper
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
Repeat Refrain
A translation
We fly to your patronage Holy Mother of God
Despise not our prayers in our necessities
But deliver us from all dangers
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Br Desmond Crowe (Ligouri)

1930 - 2009

[photo and some information courtesy Br Des Hornsby, Drusilla 69 ]

Br Des died at Royal Adelaide Hospital on November 14th 2009, in the 80th year of his life and the 62nd of his religious life as a Marist Brother.
Des did his Juniorate and Novitiate at Mittagong from 1947 - 1949.
A wonderful wise presence to all, and a dedicated teacher at Mt Gambier, Kilmore, Subiaco and Churchlands as well as Principal at Churchlands, W.A from 1969 - 1971; Dean of College at Clayton from 1974 -1976, and Master of Scholastics from 1974 - 1978. He served as the Provincial of the Melbourne Province from 1983 - 1989. He was a well known and respected lecturer in theology and scripture at E A P I Manila and as Director of Maranatha, Perth from 1991 - 2000.
Br Des then returned to Somerton Park where he was Superior for a time.
Des was the third son of Laurence and Mary Crowe (both deceased), brother to Brian, Philip (Father Jerome CP - deceased) and Noel.
Br Des lived his life for God as a Marist Brother; may he now find peace in God's care.
Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Monsignor Rob Egar with Archbishop Leonard Faulkner and other priests including two Passionist Fathers in the Sacred Heart College Chapel, Somerton Park on Friday November 20th 2009 at 10.30am. An inspiring eulogy was given by Br Julian Casey, Provincial. Melbourne Province. There were twenty Marist Brothers present.
Br Des Hornsby and Br Stanislaus Dillon were classmates of Des and the only two remaining from their Novitiate group.
For those of us who knew Des, we thank him for his companionship and faith filled example.
Vale Des.

(Information and permission given by Kevin's wife Lois)
Kevin Lane (Drusilla 51) passed away peacefully on January 5, 2009. Devoted and loving husband to Lois. Admired and loving father and father-in-law to Christopher, Susan and Tony, Joanne and Warren. Proud and loving grandpa to Sarah, Tamsyn and Monique: Layia and Riley.
A Thanksgiving Mass was held in St Therese's Catholic Church, Denistone on Monday 12th January, 2009. The eulogy was given by Kevin's son Christopher. After the Mass the funeral left for Macquarie Park Crematorium.
Mike Doherty, Brian Philp (RIP), John Kelly, Peter Lawler and Joan, and Terry O'Brien represented Kevin's Macedon colleagues at his funeral.
Kevin came to Drusilla in 1951 to commence his Juniorate, and left from there in early 1955 during his Novitiate. He became a banker and accountant and served with the Commonwealth Bank for 39 years. Kevin was an accomplished athlete in his youth, and ran against Hector Hogan, the 1956 Silver medallist for 100 metres. As a National Serviceman, he served in the Navy on the aircraft carrier "Sydney".
Thank you Kevin and Lois for being such staunch supporters of our Macedon reunions over the years.

Vale Kevin - in God's care.

BR HILARY PETERSON - 17th JULY 2009 - Drusilla 50
[ information supplied courtesy Brian Philp - Drusilla 51]
Br Hilary (Christopher Joseph) Peterson died peacefully on July 17th at Sale Hospital after a long illness. Much loved and respected Marist Brother, whose family came from Coleraine Victoria. Arrived at Macedon to do his Juniorate training in January 1950, and proceeded to Mittagong in 1952 for his Novitiate.
Member of the Marist communities at Griffith, East Brunswick - 3 years, Broken Hill, Mt Gambier (x2) - 6 years, Somerton (x2) - 8 years, New Norcia, Leeton - 9 years, Kilmore (x2) - 9 years, Northam - 3 years, Fitzroy (x2) - 3 years, and finally Sale - 11 years. Hilary went to Sale in 1998.
We pray for all those young people who had the benefit of Hilary's knowledge, his wisdom, his faith, his leadership and most importantly his friendship. And we pray for all of us who were privileged to know him and work with him. He was one of this world's gentle giants.
Thank you Hilary, may you rest in the Lord's peace.
Funeral Mass concelebrated at Champagnat Chapel, Bulleen on Thursday July 23rd followed by burial in the Marist Brothers' section of the Kilmore Cemetery.

MARY EMERY - 13th MAY 2009
Mary Emery, wife of John (Drusilla 1951), mother of Margaret, Cathy, Daniel and Michael passed away peacefully on May 13, 2009. The funeral mass to celebrate Mary's life was offered in St Raphael's Catholic Church, Parkside SA on Tuesday May 19, 2009 at 12 noon. The celebrant was Fr Brendan Connell CP, and the beautiful eulogy was given by Michael.

John Kelly (Drusilla 1951) on behalf of John's Macedon colleagues sent flowers to John at his home in Fullarton.