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Vale Father Patrick McAuliffe

April 27, 2020

It was with great sadness that I learnt of Father Patrick McAuliffe’s recent passing.

Affectionately known as “Father Mac”, I had the pleasure of knowing him for the past ten years and I personally witnessed the profound effect he had on so many people in our local community, particularly young people.

To say he wasn’t your typical man of the cloth is an understatement, he didn’t just deliver services each week at church, he was involved with the local Fairfield/Cabramatta PCYC for 25 years, coaching the young people in basketball, squash and boxing.

Father Mac was an inspirational figure in our community and he passionately and genuinely believed that the future depended on our young people.

He never passed judgement no matter what he was told or witnessed.

He was a caring and compassionate ear for young people and he made himself available to anyone who sought his help.

He gave so much to so many and I know shaped the lives of those who may not have been afforded the opportunity to succeed had it not been for Father Mac.

A man for all seasons, Father Mac was instrumental in the transformation of Cabramatta from its reputation as the heroine capital of Australia to the diverse and vibrant community that it boasts today.

He was a leading figure helping the settlement of hundreds of refugees into our community and he immersed himself in the culture and with the youth.

He saw their potential and helped many young people to believe in themselves and realise that they did indeed have potential – he was their mentor.

We have lost a great man.

Clearly Father Mac’s reward awaits him in heaven.

Rest in peace Fr Patrick McAuliffe.