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80 year anniversary for ‘geologian’


Brother Peter Faulkner cfc celebrated 80 years membership with the Christian Brothers earlier this year.

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Peter grew up on a farm near Murray Town in the mid north of South Australia where he attended the local St Joseph’s convent school before winning a scholarship to attend Rostrevor College. From Rostrevor, he went to Christian Brothers Juniorate in Sydney to begin his formation as a Christian Brother.

Peter became a very successful and much-admired science teacher, especially of Chemistry, at Christian Brothers’ schools in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. He was principal of Christian Brothers College in Fremantle and deputy headmaster of Christian Brothers College in Adelaide. A gifted athlete, Peter played football for the local Catholic league in Geelong, as well as coaching many teams in the schools where he taught.

Peter had a deep interest in geology and for many years, especially in South Australia, conducted retreats for religious and lay leaders in the Flinders Ranges. He established strong relationships with other geologists and often described himself as a ‘geologian’. Peter was a very active member of the Diocesan Earth Care Committee and also the SA United Nations Association.

A committed supporter of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Peter introduced many of his students to its work for the poor in their local area.

Peter now resides at Southern Cross Care residential care, Carmelite, in Myrtle Bank.



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