Canberra Catholic ecumenical pioneer buried

A pioneer of the modern era of the Canberra Church and a prominent "founding father" of the ACT's ecumenical ministry, Msgr John Hoare, was buried on Friday.

The funeral of long-time Duntroon Military College chaplain, Msgr John Hoare, who died on 11 July, was held on Friday at St Christopher's Cathedral.

He served here continuously from the beginning of 1950 until his death. He witnessed the growth of Canberra, the filling of Lake Burley Griffin in 1964 and the opening of the new Parliament House in 1988.

As chaplain to Duntroon from 1950 to 1976, he mentored many of Australia's military leaders and rejoiced in the inter-church cooperation involved in his ministry. He was one of the "founding fathers" of the Joint Commission for Church Development, the forerunner of the ACT Churches Council.

There was only one Catholic parish in Canberra in 1950, but Msgr Hoare went on to oversee the establishment of St Thomas More's Parish in Campbell in 1961 and became the second parish priest of St Matthew's Page in 1977.

In 1989, Archbishop Carroll appointed him Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, making him the senior priest of the Archdiocese. He remained in that post till his retirement in 2003.

Msgr Hoare continued to play an active role in the Church until early this year when his terminal illness curtailed his activity, if not his interest in people and church and community affairs.

(Catholic Voice 14/7/06)

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17 Jul 2006