Father John Boyd-Boland dies at 82, Franciscan father’s cause of death and obituary

Father John Boyd-Boland dies at 82, Franciscan father's cause of death and obituary

Franciscan Father John Boyd-Boland passed away at the age of 82. Let’s see more details about Father John and his Obituary.

What happened to Franciscan Father John Boyd-Boland?

Father John Boyd has passed away last night. Ipswich parish priest Franciscan Father Stephen Bliss was at his side.“We offer sympathies and prayers for his family, to the friars, members of other religious congregations, friends, and the many students, parents, and staff of Padua College, whose lives he touched in over 50 years of priestly ministry,” Padua College Rector Peter Elmore said in a notice to the community.

“The loss of Fr Boyd-Boland will have an enormous impact on our Padua College staff, students, and Old Boys alike, as he has been at the heart of all things Padua for many years.”

Father John Boyd-Boland dies at 82, Franciscan father's cause of death and obituary

Cause of death

FRANCISCAN Father John Boyd-Boland died aged 82 last night at Regis Aged Care, Lutwyche. Friends and families are pouring condolence on Social Media. The community asked the close ones to join the prayers happening in the church.

“We ask all in our community and the broader Catholic education community to join us in praying for the eternal repose of his soul. “Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace?”

About Father John Boyd

Father John Boyd was born in Sydney in 1941. He graduated from Marcellin College Randwick. He has ordained a priest in 1970. Fr Boyd-Boland’s life highlights his incredible service to Padua College and the Franciscan Friars. He began as a teacher from 1972-73 and then served as College Rector from 1990-2000.

During his time as Rector, he was the driving force for the growth of the College, with the development of the Amaroo Outdoor Education Centre and the Banyo Playing Fields. He led the restructuring of the Pastoral Care System and the development of our House structure, and he was crucial in the foundation of the Associated Students. He also played a key role in the construction of the College grandstand and the renovation of St. Francis Hall.


“Fr Boyd-Boland was always present; in the playground, at sporting events, camps, in classrooms, and Friday lunchtime Mass and became part of the Padua fabric. “It was through these everyday encounters that Fr Boyd-Boland created meaningful and long-lasting relationships with so many in our community.”

Mr. Elmore said Fr Boyd-Boland spent his life inspiring educators and school communities with his passion and energy for young people and Catholic education. “This includes a commitment of over 30 years to Catholic education at Padua College as a Rector, Teacher, and Chaplain as well as over 50 years of service to the Franciscan Friars,” he said.

“Fr Boyd-Boland’s dedication to the ministry of the Franciscan Friars and Padua College is a wonderful example of service and leadership. “His commitment to the College is most exemplified in his connection to the students, families, and staff of Padua.

“His time in our community was a constant example of our Franciscan values and the way we want our young men to live their lives. “Fr Boyd-Boland Boyd-Boland was a true servant leader and a worthy recipient of the St Francis Medal. “Fr Boyd-Boland has now returned home to God, and he is at peace.

Father John -Community service

Fr Boyd-Boland also wrote the words to our College Song. “Many in our current community will remember Fr Boyd-Boland through his incredible work as Chaplain, a role he held from 2007 to his retirement at the end of 2021,” Mr. Elmore said. Fr Boyd-Boland was also Parish Priest at Little Flower Parish in Kedron for six years before this.

He celebrated his 50th year of ordination and service to the Franciscan Friars in 2020, and he was awarded a Spirit of Catholic Education Award in 2021. “Fr Boyd-Boland’s achievements have shaped the Padua College of today,” Mr. Elmore said.

“We celebrate his life, a life well lived. “His life, and the legacy that he leaves, will not be defined in terms of the many achievements in buildings and innovative programs, but in the relationships that he has built with students, parents, and staff, and how he demonstrated what it means to live the Gospel.

Social Media Condolence

Lawrence Posted

Condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family and to all who knew him. O Lord grants him eternal life and peace to all.

Arch Bishop Mark Posted

May Fr John rest in peace and rise in glory. Forever part of the story of Padua College and the story of so many people’s lives.

Michele Fort Posted

A truly wonderful man who made such an impact on the lives of so many people in the community and particularly the youth. RIP JBB now with your God.

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