BERNARD VINCENT SCOTT CM RIP
Fr Bernard Scott cm died peacefully on Tuesday, 21 July 2009.
Bernie was approaching his 76th birthday. He had just completed fifty years of priestly ministry, although, much to his regret, he was prevented by illness from joining in celebrating this with his confreres, family and many friends at Marsfield last Sunday (19 July).
He was born in Ashfield in 1933, and educated at St Vincent’s Primary School and at De La Salle College, Ashfield.
He joined the Vincentian community at Joseph’s Seminary, Eastwood in November 1951, and was ordained to the Priesthood on 18 July 1959 in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.
He left for Rome almost immediately after ordination, and pursued his studies at the University of St Thomas (the Angelicum), where he was awarded a Doctorate in Theology in 1962.
On his return to Australia, he commenced lecturing in Seminaries, and he was to remain in this apostolate for the next twenty-five years: at St Joseph’s Seminary, Eastwood, at St Francis Xavier’s Seminary, Rostrevor, Adelaide, and finally at Holy Cross College, Mosgiel (New Zealand) where he was the Rector for eight years.
After these years he moved to parish ministry serving as Parish Priest in Queensland and Victoria. He was appointed Parish Priest of his beloved Ashfield in 1996. He was extremely disappointed that ill health forced him to resign the position after two years.
Increasing ill health dogged him for the last twelve years, but this did not deter him from taking on supply work in parishes which he continued to do until his failing health forced him to retire completely.
Bernie will be remembered for many things, but particularly for the kindness and concern that he showed to all those whom he so generously served in his fifty years of priesthood.
We extend our condolences to his brother Fr. Gerald, to his sisters Ellen and Noreen, and to his many relatives and friends, as we assure them of our prayerful support.
Fr Bernie’s funeral will be held at St Anthony’s Church, Marsfield on Monday 27th at 10.30am.
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