Francis Christie OSM - Perth
12 September 1927 - 23 November 2010
Fr. Frank (Francis Joseph) Christie died on November 23rd 2010 at the Hollywood Hospital, Perth, Western Australia. He was surrounded by a few family members that came all the way for Ireland and friar, that left him after spending all day with him.
Fr Frank was born in Dublin, Ireland 12 September 1927. His primary and secondary studies were in Dublin. His secondary studies were through the Irish language at Colaiste Mhuire.
He entered the Order of the Servants of Mary in Our Lady of Benburb Priory, Co Tyrone Ireland, for his Novitiate and Philosophy. His Theology was at the Servite International College in Rome. He also studied for a Masters Degree in Counseling at Loyola University, Chicago. He was Ordained in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, Ireland on July 8th 1956.
He had a varied ministry, serving the Order and the Church in Kwazululand and Zululand in South Africa; Chicago, Oregon, California, Portland, Colorado, the United States before coming to Australia.
1981 was the beginning with his involvement with the Archdiocese of Perth which included being Parish Priest at St Denis’ Joondanna, work at St Anthony’s Parish in Wannneroo and also as chaplain at St John of God hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and his last appointment at Graylands Hospital.
He didn’t speak much about his work at the hospital, but others would speak very highly of his professionalism, pastoral and gentle manner in which he related to the staff and the patients. It was during his chaplaincy work, where he was able to practice his counseling skills.
Frank was a very spiritual man as well! He didn’t make a big thing of it… he just quietly went about his day. His day would start around midday with a quick lunch and read of the paper. Then a bit paper work which would see him to the afternoon then community prayers followed by dinner. Then after dinner the he used to retire to the chapel and grind away the rosary beads followed by Mass. So then it was to listen and play classical music until early hours of the morning in his room.
On the last few days of his life he was talking, laughing and joking with his family and a few of the friars, he was very peaceful and easy with the situation… as the pancreatic cancer took over him, his attitude was of, “…time to go home”.
Fr Frank’s funeral was held at St Denis’ Church, Joondanna, Western Australia and he was laid to rest in the Servite burial plot in Pinneroo Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, in Padbury, Perth. May his soul rest in peace.