2019-08-07 AUSTRALIA

William Ambrose Beninati

Ever since Bill had most of his stomach removed two years ago there has been ongoing medical attention to keep cancer spots at bay.  Lately his condition deteriorated and last Wednesday he was admitted to hospital and later transferred to the Sacred Heart Hospice.  For the last two days Bill had been unconscious.  His family was with him as they had been with him throughout the day.  The Brothers from his community had also been there.  He died just before midnight on the evening of June 26.
At the time of his death, Vales was 85 years of age and in the 67th year of his religious life.

Family Details:
Date of Birth:  April 30, 1928.
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia.

Schooling and Initial Formation:

School Attended: Marist Brothers Randwick
Postulancy:;  January 2, 1946 – July 1, 1946.
Novitiate:; July 2, 1946 – July 1, 1947.


First Vows: July 2, 1947: At Mittagong to Br Andrew Power.
Perpetual Vows:  January 2, 1952: At Hunters Hill to Br Leonidas SG.
Stability:;  January 2, 1966: At Hunters Hill to Br Othmar.

Ongoing Education and Formation:
As with many Brothers, Bill began his ministry as a primary school teacher and that continued through to his Second Novitiate in 1966.  Following that he transferred to the secondary sector.  In addition to his ministry appointments Bill undertook studies [biblical] at St George’s College in Jerusalem, Hawkstone Hall in England and at the Catholic Theological Union at Hunters Hill in Sydney.

Community and Ministry Appointments:
Classroom teaching, choirs, coaching sports and being a superior [of four communities] covers the major part of Bill’s ministerial life.  Other appointments included a five year term as Superior of the Novitiate community at Mittagong and a three year term on the team of the Second Novitiate in Manziana where his Italian background and language were of great help.  After a very busy and full life of helping people and delighting in their company Bill is now at rest.
May he rest in peace.

Br Anthony Robinson
Province Secretary


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