Today Brother Jerome Dunn, C.P., celebrates his 50th Anniversary of Passionist Profession.
An alumnus of the YCW movement in Melbourne in the early 1960’s, Bro. Jerome volunteered as a Lay Missionary in Papua New Guinea, where he met the Passionists
During his postulancy, novitiate, and early years as a religious, Bro. Jerome proved he could turn his hand to anything – tailoring, dairy farming, pig and sheep husbandry, cooking, carpentry and construction. Back in PNG, where his heart belongs, Jerome worked all over the then Passionist Diocese of Vanimo, where he added tertiary studies, formation, refugee asylum, imprisonment and midwifery to his skills and achievements.
A few short spells in Australia couldn’t regain his heart from missionary life. In fact he also added time in India as one of the pioneering Passionists.
Health issues do not slow Jerome down. The Gardens and the Holy Cross Conference Centre kitchen and Dining Room in Melbourne are more than filled with Jerome’s laugher and energy.
Presently he spends a month in Australia and two months in our Formation house in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) teaching the young candidates cooking, a love for St. Paul of the Cross and how to be a man of dedication and service.
Bro. Jerome is much loved, and it is so typical that he is celebrating this anniversary in his beloved PNG. May his health continue and his joyful company and extraordinary example be with us for many years to come.