Jack Fogarty (1918-2004)
On 13 March 1974 Jack attended a meeting of Catholic laymen in
the Southern Cross Club, Canberra on an invitation co-signed by
Fr. Tom Wright and Mick Sullivan, at the request of Archbishop Thomas
Cahill. The aim of the meeting was to start a Serra Club in Canberra.
The first meeting of the Serra Club of Canberra was held in the
O’Donnell Centre, Braddon with Jack one of the founding members.
He immediately became active in the work of the Club in fostering
vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Jack, accompanied by his wife Mary, was posted by the Australian
Government to Geneva Switzerland, where Jack served as Ambassador
for International Trade Negotiations from 1977–1980.
On his return to Canberra, Jack again became an active member of
the Serra Club of Canberra. He was Club President in 1985 and served
in other positions on the Board of Trustees of the Club for many
To introduce young children to the topic of vocations to the priesthood
and the religious life, commencing in 1983, Jack visited each of
the Catholic primary schools in Canberra annually. He spoke to the
children in year 6 classes, in particular asking them to pray for
the priests, sisters and brothers. Jack continued these annual visits
for the next fifteen years.
Jack suffered a severe loss of his mobility over the last two years
of his life and lived his last fifteen months at Jindalee Nursing
Home. He continued to exhibit a wonderful spirit and zest for life
when visited by his fellow Serrans.
Duncan Francis (-2004)
Duncan Francis served as the Serra Club of Canberra’s secretary
for many years. The number may be able to be determined when access
to the Secretary’s records are available. When SCANZSPAC was
commenced, he was the inaugural Secretary & an invaluable help
to John Stephens & the Board in John’s time as President.
He was always involved in Club activities. He was always reliable
in his preparation of the Church for our Club Masses - he was the
regular acolyte. He made contact with Jubilarian Priests & religious
for the Serra Club’s annual celebration of their Jubilees.
He also issued the invitations & did the follow up for our annual
Mass & luncheon for the parents of the priests & religious
of the Archdiocese.
He was a close friend of Fr Peter Day’s family having been
through Duntroon with Fr Peter’s father.
Martin Morris (1927-2004)
Martin was born in Sydney in 1927 and attended school in the Waverley
area. He arrived in Canberra in the late 1940's after spending a
short time in the army and entered the Public Service. He married
Moria Burns in 1951. They had two children, Anthony who died aged
16yrs and Catherine who lives in Brisbane with husband Stewart.
They have three children.
For some years he lived in Turner but then in the early 90s he
moved to Cook to be closer to his beloved Moira who had been admitted
to a nursing home at Aranda with Multiple Sclerosis to which she
succumbed in 2000. Marty faithfully cared for Moria for the best
part of twenty years.
Marty was a staunch Catholic. He first approached the Franciscans’
First Order Juniorate as a young man in the early 40s but felt uncomfortable
and left early. Fifty years later in 1992, he was professed as a
3rd Order Franciscan and as such devoutly attended Mass and read
the Office, both daily.
He was active in the St Vincent de Paul Society, and the Serra
Club of Canberra. He was a Knight of the Southern Cross in the earlier
years and was a faithful Cursillista to the end, fervently believing
in the great graces of group reunion reinforced by Ultreya. Every
week a group met at his home. His legacy to the Cursillista movement
was 'because of it he was moved from compulsion to conviction' in
the practice of his faith.
As well, he was very active in Parish activities as a reader with
a fine voice, and Acolyte and Volunteer at the Nursing Home.
He had many other interests including Rostrum (he was a Freeman),
Friends of the ABC, keeping fit (he attended the gym 2-3 times a
week) and he loved music and reading. He had a great sense of humour.
Marty was a devoted brother, husband, father and grandfather and
a man of great integrity and generosity. His door was always open
to those in need of help even though he had a tight daily schedule.
This he managed to keep, not always easily and he would not retired
until he had read his Office.
Early this year he married Faith Butt a widow from Wagga Wagga
whom he had met through Beginning Experience and with true Marty
gusto and determination, sold his Cook residence and moved to Wagga
Wagga with the minimum of fuss and time. Eight months of happy marriage
ended so sadly and suddenly.
Marty died as he lived, on the go, for he and Faith were awaiting
the train in Sydney for the return trip to Wagga Wagga (he had attended
a funeral) when he suddenly and apparently painlessly, collapsed
and died, leaving so many sorrowful and lamenting the loss of a