|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1924|
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2006|
Born in Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia, when the area was still part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Cooktown staffed entirely by the Augustinians and led by an Augustinian Bishop, at the time there was no resident priest in Port Douglas, and the Connolly home served as a Mass centre for Augustinians who travelled from Mareeba. Soon after his birth, Fr. Bernie was baptised by an Augustinian in the family home after one of the Masses there.
At the age of seventeen years he applied to join the Augustinian Fathers, and between 1942 and 1950, was continuously in the United States for his novitiate, his priestly training and ordination, and also for his academic studies, graduating as a bachelor of arts and master of science.
As a young priest he returned to Australia to teach at Villanova College, Brisbane, at its first location in the suburb of Whinstanes and then at its present location at Coorparoo. From 1959 to 1992 he ministered in Augustinian parishes of Mareeba, Innisfail, Kyabram and Rochester, and served in some of them for more than one period of time.
In later years he was a member of the Augustinian community of Brookvale, Sydney, and was proud to have been involved with its Lecceto community, in which young adults of both genders formed a lay community under Augustinian direction.
In his later years Fr. Bernie was in the Augustinian Community of Manly Vale, Sydney. He assisted by offering Mass at a local aged care facility as often as his health permitted. Suffering from indifferent health since as a pedestrian he was struck by a motor vehicle in October 2004, he was in hospital for the last week of his life. Father Bernie passed away on June 1, 2006, aged 81, in Sydney.
His funeral service began with a Requiem Mass at St. Kieran's Church, Manly Vale, Sydney, on June 7. The Minister Provincial, Fr. Patrick Fahey OSA., accompanied by Bishop David Walker, diocesan clergy and Augustinians from Sydney and Brisbane. Interment followed in the Augustinian Section of the French's Forest Cemetery.
French's Forest Cemetery
Northern Beaches Council
New South Wales, Australia
Plot: Augustinian Plot, Grevillea Section, Grave No. 292.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Feb 13, 2012
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