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Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.

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Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.

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We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.

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Current News

RIP, DEACON BONIFACE PERDJERT, WADEYE.

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Malcolm Fyfe MSC, Vicar General, Diocese of Dawin, has written:

I write with sadness to inform you that Deacon Boniface Perdjert died about 1 pm today surrounded by family members, after having spent the last 3 weeks or so in the Royal Darwin Hospital. Many priests and religious have visited him and prayed with him during these final weeks.

Father Leo Wearden has indicated that the funeral at Wadeye may not take place for some time.

Just prior to Deacon Boniface’s 80th birthday on May 14, 2016, I received the following article “A Leader and an Inspiration” from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) in acknowledgement of the outstanding contribution Deacon Boniface has made over the years to Indigenous and Catholic life.

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You may like to read it again.

Here is the NATSICC article:

A LEADER AND AN INSPIRATION.

On 14 May Deacon Boniface will celebrate his 80th Birthday in Wadeye, Northern Territory. He is a leader and inspiration to not only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics, but to all peoples in Australia.

Boniface Nyipul born 14 May 1936 son of Perdjert and Bilimbi at Werntek Nganaiyi (Old Mission), and just short of a year after the First Mass had been celebrated at Old Mission by Fr Richard Docherty on June 23rd 1935.

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His mother Agatha Pilimbi last year celebrated her 100th birthday and still resides in the Aged Care Centre at Wadeye.
He is senior elder of the Kardu Diminin clan and Murrinhpatha language speaker and the traditional owner of the land on which the town of Wadeye (Port Keats) is built.


He married Bridget Naarpur a Murrinh Tjevin speaker in 1958. 

They had three daughters Florence Minggi, Margaret Rose Nguluyguy, and Mary Concepta Demngurrtak and he is now grandfather to 11 grandchildren and has several great grandchildren. 


Bridget his wife died 21 Aug 2002. 

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Boniface with Leo Wearden MSC, parish priest of Wadeye


He was ordained the first permanent deacon in Australia at Port Keats on July 19th 1974 by Bishop John O'Loughlin, the Bishop of Darwin. 
In August 1977 Deacon Boniface and Fr Patrick Dodson msc the first Aboriginal priest who had been ordained in 1975 and who in 1978 was to become Parish Priest of Port Keats were both asked to address the Australian Bishops Conference as it considered renewed pastoral efforts to Aborigines. 


Deacon Boniface Perdjert 's statement can be found in A Spirituality of Catholic Aborigines and the Struggle for Justice. Though the statement was made almost 40 years ago, parts of it are still quoted and used by those reflecting on what it means to be both Aboriginal and Catholic 
He participated in the early NATSICC Assemblies 

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In  November 1986, Boniface assisted at the Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Alice Springs when he delivered the famous address to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He again assisted Pope John Paul at the beatification Mass for Mary Mackillop in Sydney in January 1995.
Deacon Boniface travelled to Rome for the Mass of Canonization of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop in 2010. He assisted Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney as deacon during the Mass of thanksgiving at St Paul's Outside the Walls. 


On the eve of his 80th birthday Boniface has mostly retired from active ministry. However, in spite of sometimes poor health he managed to be present for the funeral Mass of Bishop Ted Collins at St Mary's Star of the Sea Cathedral in Darwin in August 2014 and where much to the delight of all present proclaimed the gospel during the funeral Mass.


He continues to be much loved and remains a source of inspiration for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout the Diocese of Darwin and beyond

Sympathy to his family and the Wadeye community.  May he rest in peace.

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Boniface and Benedict XVI at World Youth Day, 2008