Monsignor Bartholomew Frawley (1904 - 2002)
Monsignor Frawley, affectionately known as 'The Mons',was born near Toowoomba in 1904 and when he completed secondary school, became a teacher. After three years he entered seminary training, being ordained as a priest in 1930.
He served as a curate and parish priest through the 1930s, becoming a chaplain and serving in the RAAF during WW2. His wartime service had him sheltering during bombing raids on several occasions and must have tested his faith to the limit. He was posted to Scarborough as parish priest in 1946 and set about his task of building a church and schools because he knew these were the best ways to make life rewarding and meaningful for his people.
He always encouraged the people of Redcliffe to put their problems before God and an answer would come. He was a great organiser and builder and eventually several schools and a church were in operation. He always reminded those who would praise him that 'It's 95% God's work and 5% your own.'
He was a simple and humble man living in very basic accommodation for many years saying that 'Money is needed for other things first'.
His personal interests were photography and music and he left behind a complete visual history of Scarborough Parish. Children loved him and surrounded him every time he came into the St Bernadette's playground, all hoping to be patted on the head. He had about him an air of dignity, strength, and tranquility and everyone felt comfortable in his presence. No one was in any doubt about the source of his strength.
The Mons had only one motivation in life and that was to seek the light of Christ and to serve God in his people. Eventually in 1973, one of the schools, Frawley College, was named after him. At his funeral in 2002, young people wore the uniforms of all his former schools and SCCC students formed a guard of honour for the man who had built their college and given it his spirit of prayer and working to the best of one's ability.
"It's 95% God's work and 5% your own."
Mons. Bart Frawley.
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