"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Fr John Thornhill SM RIP

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Fr John Thornhill SM died on Sunday evening 28 July. John was professed as a Marist in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1955. He made an outstanding contribution as a theologian both in Australia – where he was involved for many years with the Marist Seminary at Toongabbie, the Catholic Theological Union at Hunter’s Hill and the Aquinas Academy

here in the Parish – and internationally, serving for a number of years on the International Theological Commission in Rome and the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission. May he rest in peace.
Fr Thornhill’s funeral will be at Holy Name of Mary Church, Villa Maria, Mary St Hunters Hill, 9:00am Friday 2 August.
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