- Published: Thursday, 09 August 2007 08:14
Two of the senior members of the Province are celebrating their Diamond Jubilees: Father Bede Mooney and Brother James Leslie. The event will be marked by a special celebration at the Sacred Heart Monastery Kensington on Saturday 4th August.
Father Bede Mooney is celebrating the 60th anniversary of priestly ordination in Melbourne on 27th July 1947. A great part of Bede's priestly ministry has been devoted to the service of the Province: for two lengthy periods he was the Provincial Bursar: for a time he was also assistant provincial. He has been Superior and Bursar in a number of our communities. He has also ministered as Parish Priest in Hindmarsh, Randwick and Coogee. After his retirement from full-time parish work he continued to minister to the needs of the aged members of the Province and to help with pastoral work in St Mary's Cathedral. A few years ago declining health forced him to retire to St Joseph's Nursing Home, where he presently resides.
Brother Jim Leslie is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his religious profession at Douglas Park on 5th August 1947. Jim saw service with the AIF in the Middle East during the Second World War He entered the Novitiate immediately after the war. For much of his religious life Jim has been one of those quiet brothers who work 'behind the scenes' keeping our school communities running smoothly and ministering to the practical needs of his confreres. Today, aged 91, although one of the oldest members of the province, he is still active in his retirement and is also a resident of St Joseph's Nursing Home at Kensington.