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Barden, Thomas, 1910-1997, Jesuit priest
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31 March 1910-03 June 1997
Born 31 March 1910, Dublin
Entered 01 September 1927, Tullabeg
Ordained 13 May 1942
Professed 02 February 1945
Died 03 June 1997, McQuoin Park Infirmary, Hornsby, NSW, Australia
Part of the St Aloysius College, Milsons Point, Sydney, Australia community at the time of death
David Strong SJ “The Australian Dictionary of Jesuit Biography 1848-2015”, 2nd Edition, Halstead Press, Ultimo NSW, Australia, 2017 - ISBN : 9781925043280 :
A twin - his sister Hyainth was a Loreto Sister and worked in Africa. His brother Wiliam was a Dominican and Archbishop of Tehran until the overthrow of the Shah.
His early education was with te Presentation Sisters and the Christian Brothers. In 1922 he gained a scholarship to Mungret College SJ.
1929-1932 He did his Juniorate at Rathfarnham graduating BA from University College Dublin in Celtic studies.
1932-1935 He was at St Aloysius College, St Helier, Jersey for Philosophy, which gained him a lifelong interest in French language.
1935-1939 He made Regency at St Aloysius College, Sydney, and accepted Australian citizenship in 1936.
1939-1943 He studied Theology at Milltown Park Dublin
1943-1944 He made Tertianship at Rathfarnham Castle
1944-1945 He was at Liverpool, England doing parish work.
1945-1947 He returned to Australia and St Aloysius, Milsons Point.
1948-1952 He was appointed Rector at St Louis School, Perth. He became popular there with local families who helped develop the oval facilities for the school. His students there remeber his wit, shrewdness and ability to inspire them.
1964-1961 He was appointed Headmaster at St Ignatius College, Norwood. His style and manner during these years did much to establish the tradition of rapport and affection between staff and students. He was a firm disciplinarian, and the tongue lashings he gave were formidable, as was his humour and the twinkle in his eye, which indicated a man who loved the school, the work he was doing and the boys he taught. He also employed the first lay teachers there.
1962-1964 He was dean of students at St Thomas More University College, Perth, but he did not enjoy working with tertiary students.
1965-1968 He returned to St Louis, Perth, as Vice-Rector and Prefect of Studies.
1969-1974 He was a respected French teacher and Form Master At St Aloysius College, Sydney.
1975-1984 He was French teacher and Form Master at St Ignatius College, Athelstone SA, and was also the community bursar there.
1985-1993 He was back at St Aloysius, Sydney. where he taught for a number of years.
1993 For the last seven years at St Aloysius his memory had become unreliable, and so he moved to the retirement home at McQuoin Park, where he was happy and well cared for. When his health failed finally, he was transferred to the Greenwich Convalescent Hospital.
He was very Irish, a great conversationalist and storyteller, entertaining and witty. He was a good companion and a joy at any party. As an administrator he was efficient and fair, and incisive in his decisions. He had a gift for preaching and was a good retreat giver, though not creative in thought. He was experiences as a wise counsellor and a fair judge of human nature. He made many friends among the parents in Perth, Adelaide and Sydney, some of whom kept lifelong contact.
St Thomas More University College, Perth, Australia
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- County Dublin » Dublin City
- Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hornsby » McQuoin Park
- County Limerick » Mungret » Mungret College SJ, 1882-1974
- County Dublin » Dublin City » Rathfarnham » Rathfarnham Castle
- County Dublin » Dublin City » St Stephen's Green » University College, Dublin
- United Kingdom » Channel Islands » Jersey » St Aloysius
- Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Milsons Point » St Aloysius' College
- County Dublin » Dublin City » Sandford Road » Milltown Park
- County Offaly (King's) » Ballycowan (Bar.) » Tullabeg » St Stanislaus College
- England » Liverpool
- Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Claremont » St Louis School
- Australia » South Australia » Adelaide » Norwood » Manresa (Norwood) » St Ignatius College
- Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Crawley » Perth University
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IE IJA J/57