On Wednesday, 2 November, we paused to reflect …

November is the month dedicated to ‘Remembrance of the Dead’. We wish to especially remember those students who died while at St Patrick’s College, as also past students, staff, Brothers, especially Archbishop Sir James Duhig, 3rd Archbishop of Brisbane for 48 years, and initiator of bringing the Brothers to St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, purchaser of Morven, died 10th April, 1965. Fr Patrick O’Rourke, founder of our College,whodied on 31 May 1961, aged 69, in the Mater Hospital, after some years of ill-health, 44 years a priest. He had been Parish Priest of Sandgate since May 1947; and Fr Liam John Horsfall, SVD, College Chaplain for 18 years, died suddenly 8th August, 2015. We remember Brothers Francis Daniel Coffey, founding Principal, 10th October, 1973; Patrick Theophane Morrissey, 2nd Principal, who died at 50 of a brain tumor, 11th April, 1977; Kevin Marcian Quane, 3rd Principal, 21st March 1994; Alan Jerome Mooney, 4th Principal, 19 September 1978; Leonard Patrick Warren, 22 years on the staff, died 17th March 2000; Francis Eymard Rogers, founding Brothers Community, 7th June 2002; Leo Patrick Col Fitzgerald, the longest serving Brother of 25 years, died 25th August 2014; Brian Gonzales Saward, founding Brothers Community, died suddenly in his sleep 13th January 2015; Mr John James Kennedy, first lay Principal, died 22nd September 2010; Mrs Jenny Cotton, 14 years as parent volunteer and then teacher aide who died of cancer during Staff Week, 21st January, 2013; Mr Mark Mewburn was College Councellor for 2003 – 2010 and then returned in 2016 to work for a fortnight, suffered a heart attack and died peacefully at the end of the first academic week, Friday 29th January, 2016; we remember parents and friends of the College. May they Rest In Peace!

There have been nine students who died while at the College, honoured in our ‘Wall of Remembrance.’ Thomas Barry was a ‘First Day Pupil’ number 205 in 1952. On 2nd May 1953 he was tragically killed in a horse riding accident, two months short of his 12th Birthday. Noel James McKeering was one of 18 McKeerings to become students of the College. His 11th Birthday was on the 2nd November, 1961, but a brain tumor hemorrhaged nine days later and at the 11th hour on the 11th Day of the 11th Month at 11 Years of age Noel James passed away. Paul Draper died of leukemia on the 12th Day of the 12th Month aged 12 Years in 1962. Michael O’Sullivan was “the brains of the 9A class” but suffered much, with frequent hospital stays, through Years 8 & 9. His heart gave way on Saturday 27th January, 1968, three days short of the academic year and a few months short of his 15th birthday. James McEwen, of happy nature and pleasant personality, enjoyed a snow skiing trip with the College but contracted pneumonia, swine flu, and died after a very brief illness on the 24th August 1973, one week after celebrating his 15th Birthday. Michael Thomas Ryan, an active young man despite his illness, died after a long struggle with leukemia soon after the academic year began on 28th February 1983 just two months short of his 13th Birthday. Damien Thomas Peet gave of his best, loved his family and life and enjoyed any fun available, died of cancer of the spine on the 22nd September 1993 aged 15 years. Damien Clark, blessed with considerable academic and sporting ability, died in an accident on the 1st September 1994 aged 14 years. Elliott Ross Fletcher, aged 12 years, bright, cheerful and full of life was tragically taken while at College on Monday 15th February, 2010, the 15th day of the new academic year.

Requiescant In Pace, Amen! Rest In Peace, Amen!

Brother Chris Pritchard CFC