Vale Reverend Father David Hume

17/06/2014

Fr David Hume
Vale Rev Fr David Hume / Photo: Hamilton Lund

It was with great sadness that the Catholic community learned of the death of Rev Fr David Hume, Parish Priest of St John XXIII Parish at Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday 23 June 2014 at 11am at St John XXIII Church, Stanhope Gardens. Please keep Fr Dave and his family in your Masses and prayer.

Sue Andruskin is the parish Pastoral Associate and Sacramental Co-ordinator. She remembers Fr Dave as a man of many talents. “No brief words can summarise the loving impact and influence Fr Dave had among his parishioners and extended community,” Sue said.

“His huge heart made time for everyone and now everyone feels they have lost not only a beloved pastor but a good friend.

“Deeply compassionate, generous, loving, hardworking, innovative, wise, humble, humorous, down to earth, ecumenical are just a few appropriate words. 

“He was able to see the good in all – he gave hope to despairing, struggling, broken lives. How did such a slow-moving figure achieve so much good and impact so many lives?

“His passing has left a huge void in this community, leaving everyone stunned and grieving. The overflowing church each night praying for his soul at the Novena is a reflection of the esteem all had for him.

“Fr Dave finished his Masses by saying ‘Live Jesus in Our Hearts’ and Jesus sure lived in Fr Dave’s heart.”

Dave Hume was born in 1957 to Patrick and Sheila Hume, the fifth child of seven. He grew up in Lewisham and attended St Thomas’ Primary School and Christian Brothers’ High School.

In 1976 he joined the Christian Brothers. The order was founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice in 1802 at Waterford in Ireland. The Brothers came to Australia in 1868.

Dave spent 20 years with the Christian Brothers, teaching in several schools: St Patrick’s Primary, Goulburn; St Thomas’ Boys’ School, Lewisham; St Patrick’s College, Strathfield; St Patrick’s College, Goulburn; Edmund Rice College, Wollongong; and St Dominic’s College, Penrith.

Speaking to Catholic Outlook at the time of his ordination to priesthood in 2005, Dave said he admired the brothers.

“I am thankful for the formation, support and help that I received from the community during those years,” he said. “There were many brothers of strong faith who gave witness to the Lord through prayer and hard work.

“My mother and father planted the seed of faith; it grew in the practice of living a Catholic life with my family and was nurtured and developed with the Christian Brothers.”

Dave left the Christian Brothers in 1995 and for four years taught as a lay teacher at Holy Cross College, Ryde, in the Bathurst district, and at Oakhill College, Castle Hill.

Dave recalled a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Manning at Quakers Hill. “He preached about the vocation to the priesthood, which I had been considering for about 30 years,” Dave said.

“I prayed to the Holy Spirit for guidance and entered the priestly formation program for the Diocese of Parramatta in 2000.

“I am grateful to Bishop Manning for accepting me into the Diocese and for the priests and people in those parish communities where I was a student.

“The priests and parishioners have been true witnesses to the Gospel. I pray that I may be worthy of God’s calling in proclaiming His Word.”

  • In 2001, Dave joined the Seminary of the Good Shepherd at Homebush.
  • On 11 June 2005, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Parramatta and appointed Assistant Priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish.
  • On 5 November 2007 he was appointed Assistant Priest at St Andrew’s Parish, Marayong.
  • This was followed by his appointment as Administrator of St Paul the Apostle Parish, Winston Hills, on 7 October 2009.
  • On 1 May 2010 he was appointed Parish Priest of John XXIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens.
  • From January 2012-January 2014 he served as Dean of the Hawkesbury Deanery in the Diocese of Parramatta.

 


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