Australia Day honour for Fr John Neill, OP

Australia Day honour for Fr John Neill, OP

The brethren at St James' Glebe delight in the honour recently paid to their Prior, Fr John Neill, OP.  Fr John was announced on Australia Day (26 January) as a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to education, and to the Catholic Church in Australia.

The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry, and was established in 1975 by Her Majesty, the Queen of Australia.  Citizens and worthy others are admitted to the Order on the basis of meritorious service or personal achievement, bringing honour to the Commonwealth.

Fr John has given many years of faithful service to institutes of Catholic education, including two secondary schools (1963-1999), the Dominican Order (as Master of Students, 1990-2000), both of Australia's Catholic universities (1990-present), and a large number of cooperative boards and educators' conferences.

Fr John received the Order of Australia Medal this May from Her Excellency, the Governor of New South Wales. According to Fr Anthony Walsh, the investiture ceremony went very well and Fr. John is now duly honoured with an OAM.

Congratulations, Fr John!


(01 May 2014)