This is a listing of notifications the Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union has received of the passing of Old Boys. “Vale” is latin for farewell and “Fortior Ito” means go forward with strength.
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Br Charles AquilinaStaff Member Parramatta Marist
VALE: Br Charles Aquilina. The Old Boys Union was saddened to hear of the loss of Br Charlie on the weekend. All those who met Charlie would never forget him. He was quite the character and was always busying himself around the Westmead campus emptying bins, fixing things, fixing more things as well as driving the school buses (Charlie spent some time as a bus driver before he entered the order). Charlie never studied to be a teacher and was not one to be caught in the classroom but he did teach many students many valuable lessons; in particular, a key pillar of our charism, a ‘love of (hard) work’! Always the pragmatist, jovial and a little bit wild. We will miss you Charlie. May you go forth with strength into the next life.
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I’ve got Vale John Cassidy’s picture but how do I email it to you ????
Vale John Cassidy LC 1962 Died 28th August 2019
John Cassidy and I worked on a religious organisation in our days at Marist Brothers Parramatta. It was to spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima that is, world peace through prayer, the Blue Army. It was a very strange coincidence that it was one of Cardinal Gilroy’s pet projects, but we didn’t know that at the time. The cardinal had set the organisation up in Sydney under Professor F G Coleman Sydney University and Father Cameron head of the Augustinian order in Sydney.
From 1959 – 1962 I did latin classes at St Mary’s Cathedral, late on Friday afternoon in preparation to enter, my studies for the priesthood. I ran into Cardinal Gilroy on many occasions as he did confessions 5pm to 6pm and I trapped him either going/coming in the presbytery grounds. So the long and short of it all is, that I dragged our John C along with me to say Hi and explain the difficulties we were having with Monsignor McGovern in conducting our Blue Army prayer meetings in St Pats at Parramatta. He smiled at us both & said would we from time to time give him a progress report on our work with the Blue Army. John and I had a few brief encounters with the cardinal & strangely we never had any further problems with the cranky old monsignor.
John Cassidy was a very humble man and would never have repeated this story but having been befriended by a cardinal, lived in a village named after the cardinal and being buried from the chapel on Friday 6th September 2019 that bears the cardinal’s name, I felt it appropriate to tell the story.