Many congregations of sisters had a hand in Joe’s primary schooling: the Josephites in Paeroa, the Religious of the Sacred Heart in Island Bay, Wellington and the Dominicans in North East Valley, Dunedin. It was in the Valley, too, that Joe first met the friars. They arrived in 1949 taking over the NEV parish.
Joe could have entered the Dominicans after he obtained his 1953 University Entrance, but his father counselled him to wait at least a year. Therefore he finished his seventh form year at St. Patrick’s College, Cambridge Terrace, having studied Latin again, before entering the Order in 1955. This year, 2016, is the diamond jubilee of his first profession, along with four Australians. Two of them, Bernie Maxwell and David Halstead, are well known in Aotearoa. Congratulations, Joe.
For most of the time since 1977, Joe has had the additional task of being bursar of the Auckland community – at St. Ben’s first, and now at Emily Place. He enjoys this methodical work. He does this easily, he says, without use of a computer!
Joe remembers three periods of supply work with great affection (at Inverell, in northern NSW, for three months; at Balmoral parish recently; and at Thames-Ngatea). Working for the Thames–Ngatea parish meant driving down from Auckland each weekend to celebrate their Sunday Eucharist. He did this over a period of five years from 1995-99 getting to know this rural community well.
Officially now “in retirement” and with excellent health, Joe helps with celebrating weekday morning Masses at St. Benedicts Newton, and with the Baradene Sisters and at Mercy Parklands hospital. It is a more leisurely life, but one he enjoys.