Celebrating 70 years as a Brother

Jim 450By Elizabeth Madden
Moyhu

Brother Jim Ward recently celebrated his 70th anniversary of being a Christian Brother, with family and friends in Moyhu.
Mass was celebrated by Father Novelito Lim in the Holy Cross Church which the Ward family has attended throughout their lives. The church was beautifully decorated by Mrs Miriam Balfour for the special occasion.
After Mass the family and guests, about 40 people including many of his nieces and nephews, enjoyed a delicious lunch and celebration cake at the Moyhu Hotel in honour of Brother Jim.
He is the third child of Ben and Jean Ward (both deceased) in a family of nine children. His elder sister and brother are also deceased. Brother Jim was born in Wangaratta in 1931 and educated at the Moyhu Primary School and St Pat’s College, Ballarat.
After leaving secondary school at St Pat’s in 1947, Brother Jim left home to join the Christian Brothers in Strathfield, NSW, on January 29, 1948.
After initial studies were completed in 1951, he went to Brisbane where he continued studying until making his final vows in 1956.
He returned to Victoria where he taught in Ballarat, Geelong, Warnambool and Colac.
After completing his work as a teacher with the Christian Brothers, Brother Jim continued to fulfil his vocation by helping in the Christian Brothers’ Hostel, also using his teaching skills and deep commitment to the Catholic faith by teaching in the Minor Seminary of Christ the Priest, and helping with classes at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat.
He has also been involved with the Right to Life, Catholic Families Association, Legion of Mary, visiting Nazareth House residents, Mountain of Praise Prayer Centre and Youth Prayer Groups.
Brother Jim is now retired, living in East St Kilda.

Caption: Brother Jim with siblings Elizabeth Madden, Leo Ward, Brother Jim, Mary Nolan and Anne Burnside.

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