Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Kellyville

Passion to help burns bright


By Kylie Stevens, Blacktown Sun

Blacktown was a rural town when Brother Bernard Bulfin arrived from Ireland as a young teacher.

Almost 60 years on, the former Patrician Brothers principal's passion for the area is as strong as ever and was recognised at Blacktown Council last week for his dedication to the community.

"This honour is very much unexpected but appreciated," he told the chamber.

Brother Bulfin joined Patrician Brothers at 13 and was posted to Australia in 1955.

After six years at Patrician Brothers Blacktown, he was posted to other schools but returned four years later as principal, where he remained for 23 years.

Brother Bulfin spent his final 10 teaching years as principal of Patrician Brothers Fairfield. He got bored on retirement in 2001 and returned to college to retrain as a chaplain to work in hospitals and jails.

Brother Bulfin has been a Parklea prison chaplain for 13 years, where he works three days a week.

"It's not for me to judge the inmates," he said. "My presence is to give them hope and that someone is prepared to listen and value them as human beings. It's unfortunate they've lost their integrity and freedom and it can be a depressive environment when they are grieving the loss of loved ones.

"In a lot of cases, many ask you to pray with them. I find the inmates very friendly and accepting and they are treated well there. I highly recommend to the community to consider working or contributing there."

Read Kylie Steven's story in full at the Blacktown Sun

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