Celebrating 60 Years as Brothers
Four members of the Oceania Province celebrated their 60 years of professed life in the Order. They were Brothers William Lebler, Raphael Dillon, John Gibson and Fabian Hynes. The 17 Brothers who joined the jubilarians at a Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner came from various parts of the Province—Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Papua New Guinea.
Each of the jubilarians contributed in some way to the missionary outreach of the Province.
Brother William (89), from 1971 when he helped pioneer the mission, was appointed to PNG several times and he established the Rohanoka Addictions Treatment Centre at Goroka.
Brother Raphael (92) was appointed to the Port Moresby (PNG) Community in 1974. After his return to Australia he maintained his interest in the mission, sending practical support—especially for the prison-visiting ministry of the Brothers.
Brother John (79) was the Provincial who initiated the Province’s involvement in PNG and then, before making frequent visits, he spent a month at Port Moresby in 1971 to ensure that the new work began well.
Brother Fabian (84) visited PNG as General Councillor and, since then, has collected money for the Order’s mission in that country. He still sells his paintings to get money to support the PNG Provincial Delegation.