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AUGUST 2019 WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU 5 BENDIGOFUNERALS FUNERALS & PRE - PAID FUNERALS Sue & Simon Mulqueen BENDIGO FUNERAL CENTRE - 29 Miller Street, Flora Hill, BENDIGO 5444 0400 www.smfd.com.au S I M O N M U L Q U E E N N L U E B N I FU R S Simon Mulqueen is a 5th generation Funeral Director with over 35 years personal experience Simon & Sue Mulqueen S I MO N M U L Q U E E N BENDIGO FUNERAL CENTRE - 29 Miller Str et, Flora Hill, BENDIGO 5444 0400 www.smfd.com.au FUNERALS & PRE - PAID FUNERALS Sue & Simon Mulqueen BENDIGO FUNERAL C NTRE - 29 Mill r Street, Flora Hill, BENDIGO 544 400 ww.smfd com.a u S I M O N M U L Q U E N S I N BENDIGO FUNERALS Simon Mulqueen is a 5th generation Fune al Di ector with over 35 yea personal experience Simon & Sue Mulqueen Simon & Sue Mulqueen Simon Mulqueen is a 5th generation Funeral Director with over 35 years personal experience D esmond James Hornsby was born to James Joseph Hornsby and Emma Agnes Jess in Mildura on 28 October 1929. He was the first of three children, his brothers being Brian and Geoffrey (both now deceased). His father separated from the family and his mother was left alone to raise the three children. A staunch Catholic, she enrolled her boys at the Marist Brothers’ school in Bondi Junction, and later at St Gregory’s Campbelltown. At 18, Des experienced his mother’s death and Des moved to Victoria to be with his older brothers, two years later becoming a welcome Brother of the Southern Province. He went on to play an influential role in the history and life of the Province. Known in his early years as Br Bede, Des was a born teacher, an excellent communicator, with interpersonal abilities, good organisational skills, patient, energetic and with a compassion arising out of his own suffering and loss as an adolescent. He had ten wonderful years of primary teaching in Bendigo, Camberwell, Parkes and East Brunswick. In community, Brothers found him to be a warm, funny, high-spirited and a very human person. Des spent over 21 years as principal in four different secondary schools, namely Griffith, Preston, Thebarton and Alice Springs, where he was the founding principal in 1983. His ability to attract others to the task was an extraordinary gift. When he returned to Alice Springs for a celebration in 2008, he was greeted with much affection and delight by the locals. He studied Art in Melbourne, he attended the Second Novitiate in Switzerland, the Champagnat Course in France and National Pastoral Institute in Melbourne. Following this formation, he promoted Champagnat’s life and Marist Heritage in the Province. As well as his other duties, Des was the local superior at Griffith, Preston, Macedon, Thebarton, Alice Springs, Fitzroy, and North Fitzroy and, in 1977 was elected to the Provincial Council. For twenty years from 1989, Des wrestled with developing technology and produced the Melbourne Province Newsletter which served this part of the Marist world, promoting the unity of the province, keeping us in touch with one another and provided us with a sense of continuity in our Marist life. He catered for all tastes and kept us up with a wonderful supply of anecdotes and witty jokes that invited the inveterate non-readers to pick up the Newsletter and browse through it. His time as Newsletter Editor ended abruptly in 2009 when, following simple cataract surgery, he suffered an infection and lost the sight of an eye. It was a profound trauma for Des. Not only was his special interest of graphic communication affected, but he also found his balance impaired and his mobility diminished. Bruce Houghton was particularly attentive during this time and assisted and encouraged Des to adjust and to find new areas of activity. This he did in community until April 2017 when, recognising that he needed more care, he chose to live at Bethlehem Aged Care home. Throughout his life, Des faithfully gave time to prayer which, for a busy teacher and principal, meant taking time from other activities and in a common-sense way, he carved out space in his life for prayer. Authentic spiritual experience tends to make a person reflective and silent and, when Des did feel called to speak or write about what God has done, he was not sanctimonious. As he aged, he became aware of his prayer arising from within and was sensitive of a profound drift towards God in his life. In his own words, Des offers us a final precious truth as he explains: “As I face this end of my life, my God these days is a light within; an eternal now with no past and no future; an eternal love. Peripheral pieties mean little when faced with the eternal reality of the God who is love.” - Br Julian Casey Br Des Hornsby FMS 1929-2019 Br Des Hornsby FMS. Photo: Marcellin College. C lare Conway was born into a farming family at Sedgwick on 7 August 1928, the second child of Tom Conway and Mary Mannes. Her happy childhood with siblings Frank, Bernard and Elaine, was spent on the family farm of Glen Clare, where she developed a deep love of the land. Irish ancestry on her father’s side and German on her mother’s side, including pioneer connections with Dr Backhaus, ensured her profound love of Sedgwick and Bendigo. Clare began boarding at St Mary’s College, Bendigo in 1942 at the age of thirteen. The experience of boarding – being cared for and taught by the Sisters of Mercy – introduced Clare to a way of life that she chose to follow for the rest of her life. There were nearly 70 boarders under Sr Mary Agnes O’Connell’s care, who referred to her charges affectionately as her “Chicks”. Her strong, but gentle approach greatly influenced Clare as did other Sisters at the time. Training for religious life in Melbourne, Sr Clare was professed into the Mercy Order in 1949. Her chosen motto, All for Thee O Heart of Jesus, expressed her desire to give her life and love completely to God. As a young Sister and one of “our girls” she was warmly welcomed back to Bendigo in 1951.For the next 20 years Clare taught at St Mary’s College and was responsible for establishing Domestic Science as a subject. There were then about 25 Sisters in the Bendigo community, so with the large contingent of boarders and day pupils, it was a busy place. When the Mercy Sports Association competition was established, Sr Clare took charge of Bendigo preparations. It was well known that Sr Clare had everything except the shotput in the capacious pockets of her habit! She spent many afternoons giving girls the opportunity to play tennis at Ironbark. In 1972 Sr Clare was appointed Superior at Kyneton, and later Fitzroy. The next decade held challenging changes and not a little turmoil in religious life. Fitzroy gave Sr Clare the experience of inner-city living – right on the tram tracks opposite the Exhibition Buildings. In 1986 she returned to Bendigo when the new Catholic College Bendigo was in the process of adapting to co-education over three campuses. In 1991, as Superior, Sr Clare was tasked with overseeing the Sisters’ move, after 115 years, from the convent in Barkly Street to the convent at Bethlehem, a major undertaking. Sr Clare’s leadership of these large and complex communities was greatly appreciated by the Sisters, and Clare is universally remembered with respect and admiration for her great kindness. Clare had a special and inspiring gift of care of the elderly Sisters, and in the late 1990s she was assigned to pastoral care of the Sisters who were in residential aged care at Rice Village, Geelong. While taking life at a slower pace in her final years, she was still immersed in the life of her beloved Bendigo and enjoyed maintaining connections with people in the area, attending reunions and gatherings, passing on as much as possible of her knowledge and recollections about the people and history of the College. She loved to visit the old Chapel which held so many special memories. It was fitting that Vigil prayers were held there the night before her Funeral Mass at St Kilians. In January 2019 Clare celebrated 70 years as a Sister of Mercy, and spent her final months living at Bethlehem Home. She is survived by her much loved sister Elaine Kelly and extended family. Sr Clare’s warm and caring nature and her wealth of knowledge of Bendigo will be greatly missed. - Barbara Lomas and Sr Mary Wickham RSM Sr Clare Conway RSM 1928-2019 Sr Clare Conway with her scones. Photo: Supplied.

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