The Southern Cross : March 2010
Page 22 March 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au obituaries CARITAS AUSTRALIA 24-32 O'Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015 ABN 90 970 605 069 PCSC NAME MR/MRS/MS/MISS/OTHER ___________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ SUBURB _______________________________________________ STATE __________ P/CODE _____________________ PHONE _________________________________________________ EMAIL ____________________________________________ PARISH __________________________________________________________ DONOR No (if known) ________________ Please accept my donation of: $25 $50 $100 $250 Other $ _____________ Cheque or money order enclosed (payable to Caritas Australia) Please debit my: VISA MASTERCARD AMEX DINER'S CLUB NAME ON CARD _____________________________________________________________________________________________ CARD NUMBER ___ ___ ___ ___ / ___ ___ ___ ___ / ___ ___ ___ ___ / ___ ___ ___ ___ EXP DATE ___ ___ / ___ ___ CARDHOLDER SIGNATURE _____________________________________________________________________________ PHOTO: CINDY GODDEN Kenneth James Thomas Fitzsimons was a third- generation South Australian. Eldest son of James Roy and Ruby May Fitzsimons, he was born in Adelaide and baptised in our Cathedral on December 17, 1911. His paternal ancestors were Irish Catholics who emigrated from Kells, County Meath, in 1854 and settled in the Clare Valley. His mother was from an Adelaide Anglican family; she was received into full communion with the Catholic Church when she married. Educated at Adelaide High School, Ken worked at the Waite Institute before joining the Passionist Order in 1929. At profession he took the name Augustine ('Gus') and was ordained priest by Bishop Barr y at Goulburn on July 11, 1935. In his long ministr y he touched thousands of lives. His ministr y took him to ever y state in Australia -- mainly as missioner, retreat master, or lecturer. He preached missions in cathedrals, suburban churches and countr y towns. He gave retreats to priests, religious communities and laity. As a young priest he was based in New South Wales, beginning with parish work at Marrickville. In the late 1940s and early 50s he taught moral theology in the Passionist theologate at Glen Osmond and was Master of Students. In 1967, after postings in Victoria and Queensland, he returned to Adelaide and remained here. He had a high level of exper tise in many fields -- theology, Scripture, liturgy, ecumenism. He wholehear tedly embraced the teachings of Vatican II, and energetically devoted himself to the renewal movement. He read widely and was equally at home with the Council's documents, the Doctors of the Church and the work of contemporar y scholars such as the Dominican Cardinal Yves Congar. In his retirement years he was still reading the journals Theological Studies and One in Christ. In 1974 he suf fered an almost fatal cerebral haemorrhage, but recovered sufficiently for many more years of active ministr y, especially in ecumenism and adult education. Through the 1980s he was chair of the Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism. At one stage he was also chair of the Senate of Priests. Fr Gus was known as a learned and discerning priest, an eloquent preacher, a prayer ful, well- informed liturgist, a patient and gentle confessor. He was blessed with a beautiful singing voice: to hear him sing Mass or Benediction was memorable. David Shinnick, who was Director of Renewal in the archdiocese, writes: "He was a down-to-ear th and competent enthusiast in post-Vatican II theology. He presented his theology in a refreshingly clear way. He was irrevocably committed to the ecumenical movement to which he brought a sound theological basis. His own faith was deeply rooted in Scripture. Ver y few individuals contributed more than Gus to the life of the archdiocese of Adelaide in people's understanding and practice of their faith in the 1960s to 1980s. Representatives of other Christian denominations and the World Council of Churches were present at the funeral Mass, concelebrated by Passionist provincial Fr Joachim Rego and 30 priests including Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner and Vicar- General Monsignor David Cappo. Father Augustine Fitzsimons CP November 27, 1911 -- January 18, 2010 A learned and discerning priest Brother Desmond Rooney Crowe FMS October 22, 1930 -- November 14, 2009 Classical scholar devoted to Mary Des came from an af fectionate and staunch Catholic family, faithful to the practice of the faith in the way it was expected in those days of growing up around Por t Adelaide. The four boys of his family all attended the Marist School at Alber ton and then proceeded to Sacred Hear t College as boarders. Des entered the Marist Juniorate at Mittagong in Januar y 1947 where he took his first vows in 1949 before heading to Mount Gambier to teach. He took his final vows at Somer ton Park in 1954 and in 1959 went to Assumption College, Kilmore. During the sixties he was ver y active in Per th as senior teacher and student of the WA University, where he gained his Bachelor of Ar ts and Bachelor of Education. He was fluent in Latin and French with a working knowledge of Greek. Des was a classical scholar who peppered his talks and lectures with reference to the classics and he also had a great love of Mar y, the Mother of Jesus, which was influenced by the death of his mother when he was 12. Des often spoke of how losing his mother early in life shaped the way he prayed to Mar y and why and how he was drawn to a deep study and reflection on her life. After several years teaching at Marist schools in Per th, Des was principal of Newman College in Churchlands from 1969 -- 1971. He returned to Victoria in 1971 where he became active in the Province administration in Melbourne and was sent to the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila to prepare for leading the Marist Brothers formation house in Clayton. They were the years when religious life was being turned on its head. Some people felt strongly for the old and others for change. After a few years he returned to Manila to join the staf f of the East Asian Pastoral Institute lecturing in Scripture and Mariology. While enjoying that job he was asked by the Superior General in Rome to return to Australia to become the Leader of the Province of Melbourne. This was a hard decision as he was really enjoying the work in Manila. After his six years as Provincial he spent a year as the Superior General's assistant in Rome. He then moved to Per th and became the Director of the Maranatha Institute, where he remained until he retired and moved back to Somer ton Park in 2001. For most of his life he worked as translator (from French to English) of Congregational documents, the age of email speeding up this process. He was a good correspondent, keeping in touch with his friends and the many Brothers overseas who he knew were hungr y for news from home. In his later years, health became an issue but he seemed to get right again and again. Des loved to cook and the Brothers often came home to a bowl of soup or a plate of scones on a cold day. He thought the Community was the Brothers' home and he did his best to make it so. In addition to his outstanding intellectual achievements, Des excelled as a spor tsman and cricket coach. His competitiveness extended to the golf course and he managed to keep playing until a few months before his death. ELEC TIONEER X MAIM IDA TOMPLAYFORD REAPGFNI ANU DEW S COSMO EL AND T EBB RAA ERAEBARI DESC ORCORAN NUT ROMA E CONSTI TUTED Crossword no. 107 solution Crossword: page 14 DIARY DATES St Francis Xavier Cathedral diary dates: March 7, 2.30pm African Mass; March 17, 5.45pm St Patrick's Day Mass; March 21, 2.30pm African Mass; March 26, 5.45pm Mass for Deceased Bishops Gleeson and Kennedy; March 29, 6pm Chrism Mass. Church of St Patrick diary dates: Thursday evenings 8--11pm Mass, Benediction, Adoration; March 7, 5pm Por tuguese Mass. March 13, 8.30am Mass Irish Community; March 14, 12.30pm Indonesian Mass. March 21, 5pm Por tuguese Mass. March 2 -- Spirituality in the Pub, Hahndor f Old Mill, Main St. buffet 6pm; Speaker: Justin Monaghan and Darr yn Keneally from Christian Sur fers Australia 7.20- 9pm on Mentoring with the Spirit by In2Life. Nazareth Catholic Community OPEN DAYS, Primar y Campus: March 10, 4-6pm; Early Childhood Centre -- March 13, 9.30- 12.30pm, 176 Crittenden Rd, Findon; Secondar y Campus: March 17, 4-7pm, 1 Har tley Rd, Flinders Park. March 15 -- 6pm, Supper Club -- Alber ton Hotel, 124 Por t Rd. Speaker: Marie Whitehead on her African Experience on a Mercy Ship. Book: 8447 1069 Sponsored by Archdiocesan Catholic Women's League. All welcome. March 29 -- 6.15pm, Supper Club -- Crown Hotel, Old South Rd, Old Reynella. Speaker: Jill Ribbons, state president Riding for Disabled SA on first equestrian par ticipation in national Special Olympics in SA. Enquiries: Pauline 8381 9550 or Margaret 8381 9681. Don: $2. Sponsored by Archdiocesan Catholic Women's League. All welcome. NB: No supper club in April. Next held May 3. Fr Augustine Fitzsimons with other Passionists at their ordination at Goulburn in 1935.