2019-08-07 AUSTRALIA

Julius Walsh

Date of Death: 21 July 2015.
Place of Death: Marist Brothers Community, Ashgrove, Queensland, Australia.

Time of Death:
After health scares over recent years and particularly in recent months, Julius’ condition rapidly weakened in the last week of his life.  He was receiving the best of medical care.  His prayer for months had been for the Lord to take him and at last this prayer was answered at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, 21 July 2015, when he passed away very quietly and peacefully.

Family Details:

  • Date of Birth: 27 November 1920.
  • Place of Birth: Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
  • Baptismal Name: Lance Thomas Edward WALSH.

School and Initial Formation:

  • Juniorate: 16 March 1940 – 31 December 1940 at Mittagong, NSW.
  • Postulancy: 2 January1941 – July 1, 1941 at Mittagong, NSW.
  • Novitiate:  2 July 1941 – 1 July 1942 at Mittagong, NSW.


  • First Vows: 2 July 1942 at Mittagong, NSW, to Br Arcadius Sullivan.
  • Perpetual Vows: 24 December 1947 at Mittagong, NSW, to Br Quentin Duffy.
  • Vow of Stability: 18 December 1961 at Ashgrove, QLD, to Br Quentin Duffy.

Ongoing Education and Formation:

  • 1937 – ALCM (Music) London College of Music.
  • 1956 – Sydney University (Physics/Maths).
  • 1965 – Second Novitiate, Fribourg – February to June.
  • 1980 – T.A.F.E. Certificate (Handicapped Assistance).
  • 1983 – Marcellin Hall, Auckland – Personal Renewal Course.
  • 1984 – Institute of Pastoral Care (Counselling).
  • 1990 – Third Age Renewal, Fratelli Maristi, Rome – September to December.

Community and Ministry Appointments:
Br Julius was born in 1920 and lived his long and good life against a backdrop of enormous world changes and events.  Yet condolence messages, received by his community after his death, had a recurring theme.  This was the remembrance of a man who was kind, gentle and quiet.  He seemed to have a profound and lasting effect on so many in his own quiet way.

His Secondary Teaching ministry and community placements began in 1942 at Parramatta and continued through Kilmore, Bondi Beach, Hunters Hill, Eastwood, Bondi Beach (again, as Community Leader (CL) and Principal), Parramatta (again), Randwick, Eastwood (again, as assistant CL and Deputy Principal), Rosalie, Buranda (CL and Little Kings Movement), Mitchelton (Enoggera), Ashgrove (remedial work with Primary and Secondary students) and finally retired, aged 80, at Ashgrove.

He was remembered as a man of rich talents, a great teacher in a specialised field, a prophet with the handicapped, a musician of note, a wordsmith, and a man who was loved by many and in turn, loved well.  May he rest in peace.

Br Matthew Clarke
Province Secretary.


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