Prominent Persons Page
Jack Crough was a most valued member of our Parish Community. He served as the Chairman of the St Patrick's Parish Pastoral Council for a number of terms. He started the movement that resulted in the current construction of our much needed Parish Centre.
He was a lovely man and will always be remembered as a wonderful human being who always found time to listen to a anyone and reached out to those who needs help and guidance.
Sven Thomas Condon (1 February 1944 – 6 October 1997)
Sven came to St Patrick’s Parish as a newly married man and a beginning teacher at Gympie State High School.
Following active involvement in the Newman Society at the University of Queensland, with its rich offering of religious and spiritual study groups, Sven set about forming adult education groups of like-minded people in the parish to continue reading and studying post Vatican 11 documents and commentary.
He believed adults should have an adult faith and that required reading and reflection. His religion was not confined to Sunday, it led to a deep interest in social and political issues. Sven used his skills to promote new ideas and was able to assist the Primary to obtain funding for innovation grants.
He and wife, Mary were founding members of Gympie’s vibrant Marriage Encounter community, which gave married couples opportunities to share with each other on all the topics of interest to couples and families. This led to offering home-based courses to Senior students on Marriage and its meaning.
Sven loved life and lived it to the full but his strong faith led to a humble acceptance of his illness and early death and was an inspiration to those around him.