Vatican pharmacist home in Australia after 50 years

Australian St John of God Br Fabian Hynes has retired to Sydney after completing 50 years of faithful service as Director of the Vatican Pharmacy.

L'Osservatore Romano reports that Br Fabian was appointed to the Vatican Pharmacy in 1956 where he became the Director and shortly afterwards was appointed the Prior of the St John of God Community in the Vatican.

He modernised and expanded the pharmacy and was always present to help and supply medications unavailable in other pharmacies.

Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, President of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City, paid homage to Br Fabian Hynes saying "he has carried out his mission in the Vatican Pharmacy for fifty years with dedication, attention, professionalism and humility".

He said he wanted to express to the Brothers of the Hospitaller Order of St John of God his sincerest gratitude for Br Fabian's highly competent and magnificent service.

Archbishop Lajolo presented Br Fabian with a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI with a personal message from the Holy Father and signed by his own hand. Present at the presentation were several high Vatican officials.

Br Fabian's successor as Vatican pharmacy director, Br Joseph Kattackal also attended the ceremony with the seven Brothers who form the Vatican community of St John of God Brothers.

Pope Benedict also paid tribute saying "I am grateful for Br Fabian Hynes' many years of faithful service at the Vatican Pharmacy. As he returns to his native Australia I wish him joy and peace in the Lord for the years ahead, and cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing."

Br Fabian, who was awarded the Order of Australia for service to Australians visiting Rome, now lives in the St John of God community attached to St John of God Hospital, North Richmond, NSW.

He is credited with expanding the Vatican Pharmacy and making it one of the most modern in the world with medicines being sent to missions throughout the world.

The fifty years of service of Br Fabian Hynes (L'Osservatore Romano, 19/10/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Vatican Pharmacy, Hours of opening
Cardinal Sean's Blog (28/9/06)

Brothers celebrate 200 years of religious life (Catholic Weekly, 6/1/02)

28 Nov 2006