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Br. Don Newton

 Date of Death: 05/10/2014
Place: Australia, Daceyville
Province: Australia
Age: 75FMS
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1940 – 2014
In the 75th Year of his life and the 56th Year of Religious Life.
Daceyville Community


Date of Death: 5 October, 2014.

Place of Death: Sydney, Australia.

Family Details:
• Date of Birth: 19 April, 1940.
• Place of Birth: Forbes, NSW, Australia.
• Baptismal Name: Donald Brodie Newton.

School and Initial Formation:
• School prior to Juniorate:
St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, NSW.
• Juniorate: 1958 at Mittagong, NSW.
• Postulancy: 1 January,1959 – 1July, 1959 at Mittagong.
• Novitiate: 2 July, 1959 – 1 July, 1960 at Mittagong.

• First Vows: 2 July, 1960 at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill to Br Quentin Duffy.
• Perpetual Vows: 8 December, 1965 at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill to Br Othmar Weldon.

Ongoing Education and Formation:
• 1961 - Victorian Registration Course (Dundas Scholasticate).
• 1975 - 1982 Certificate of Counselling (The Institute of Counselling, Sydney).
• 1977 - 1979 Diploma of Teaching (Mitchell College of Advanced Education).
• 1981 - 1983 B.A. in Education (Macquarie University).
• 1989 - Mid-Age Renewal Course (Nemi, Rome).
• 1989 - 1990 Masters in Pastoral Studies (Loyola University, Chicago).

Community and Ministry Appointments:
For more than 19 years, Don was a teacher in Marist Primary Schools in Casino, Hunters Hill (Villa Maria School), Lidcombe, Dundas, Innisfail (QLD), Enoggera (QLD), Eastwood and Lismore. During and after Diploma and B.A. studies, he worked in Secondary schools in Maitland, Kogarah, Petrie (QLD), Pagewood, Canberra and finally again at Pagewood, where he was in his 17th year as College Chaplain to staff and students. During this last time at Pagewood, he lived first in the Randwick Community and then for the last 4 years, in the Daceyville Community. Don was also involved in adult education, teaching “The Enneagram” and “Spiritual Journaling”.

Don was always upbeat and maintained contact with his former students and their families. He was a faithful and loyal friend, keeping in contact via cards, phone calls, attending Weddings, Baptisms and the like. In more recent times, his Facebook page had many ‘friends’. The quality that endeared him to people was the simple, straightforward and down-to-earth way he related with them.

Br Matthew Clarke
Province Secretary.