March 22, 2004 at 10:52 pm #793
Hi folks with a greeting to all from “down under”.
Gerriatric, you ask. I’m 61 years young Aussie with Gerard being my first name, Gerry for short. Hence the play on words…gerriatric.
Back in 1942, at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, North Sydney about one and half kilometres from the Sydney Harbour Bridge I joined the multitudes. That was the year the Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour during WW2. My home is still Sydney though I now reside as we say locally “the other side of the harbour” but still within 8 kilometres of Sydney central business district.
The Sisters of St Joseph (brown), originally founded by Blessed Mary McKillop and the Marist Brothers both at St Mary’s Parish (Jesuit Fathers) in North Sydney together with my parents (RIP) provided me with education and skills for life.
Being retired 2 years now, my working career was simply. Two jobs over 45 years, Six+ years with a Federal Government Department and 38+ years with the NSW Police retiring as a Sergeant. I am currently the Secretary of the New South Wales Police, Guild of St Christopher a sodality that is still in existance with membership drawn from Catholics employed by the NSW Police with a total workforce about 15,000.
I am active in my local parish, St Patrick’s Summer Hill one of the smaller parishes in the Archdiocese of Sydney, where I am a member of the Parish Team which supports our Parish Priest and the running of the Parish. An activity I if extremely rewarding.
At home I have a wonderful wife, Mountaha, two sons, two daughters-in-law and one grandchild..Gabriel. An angel???????????????. Of course he is.
Maybe I may be able to offer a perspective from “down under”.March 22, 2004 at 11:11 pm #2771
Hi Gerry! I’m new too! Are you named after St. Gerard the Redemptorist?March 22, 2004 at 11:48 pm #2772
Thanks for the welcome Gail.
You are spot on St. Gerard Majella the Redemptorist.
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