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Queensland Augustinians laid to rest last month

Augustinians laid to rest

Called home: Augustinian Father Patrick Bourke and Fr Patrick Fahey died in December.

TWO Augustinian Fathers with strong connections to Brisbane archdiocese have died.

Fr Patrick Fahey and Fr Patrick Bourke died in December in Sydney and Melbourne.

Both men were over 80 and had enjoyed long and decorated lives of service to the Church.

Fr Fahey was raised in Yeppoon, attending secondary school at St Augustine’s College between 1946 and 1949.

His passion for the Augustinian order was evident when he applied to join in 1950, before he was officially professed on April 22, 1951.

His vocation took him to the United States, where he was ordained into priesthood in 1958.

Fr Fahey returned to Australia in 1959 and shared his knowledge in music and theology with the staff and students of Augustine College, Brookvale, for 13 years.

Following his tenure, Fr Fahey moved to Rome to continue his educational journey, studying for a Doctorate in Liturgy, which he completed in 1976.

Fr Fahey was then appointed back to his home state where he began teaching at Villanova College, whilst juggling responsibilities as the first director of the Brisbane Pastoral Liturgical and the Archdiocesan co-ordinator of Liturgy and Music.

Fr Fahey’s immense commitment and knowledge was recognised when he was elected provincial of the Australasian Augustinian Province.

As his health began to fail in his later life Fr Fahey never strayed far from the Augustinian order, retiring to an aged-care facility one block away from the Augustinian priory in Brookvale, Sydney.

It was here he would spend his final days before dying peacefully on December 1.

He is survived by his only sibling, Aileen, a member of the Presentation Sisters in Queensland.

Fr Bourke grew up a long way from Queensland, being a native of County Cork, Ireland.

He was ordained a priest in Rome in 1962 and arrived in Australia ready to serve eight months later.

After a brief stint in parish ministry in Sydney, he moved north as a member of Villanova College’s staff from 1965 for 10 years.

During his parish ministry he had developed a passion for hospital chaplaincy and followed this calling in 1983 when appointed full-time chaplain at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, where he was also an active member of the South Yarra Augustinian community.

Fr Bourke was drawn back to Brisbane in 1991 as a member of the chaplaincy team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

He spent the final years of his life at the Corpus Christi aged-care facility in Clayton, Melbourne. He died on December 13.

Both men started their lives on different sides of the world but will be forever interlinked due to their unwavering service to the Augustinian order and the Catholic faith. 

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