5768(III)_An Australian Salesian enters Heaven

by ceteratolle posted Jan 26, 2022


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By Fr. Will Matthews, SDB

       Melbourne, Australia, 26 January 2022 -- Fr Peter Rankin SDB, the Vice Provincial and Rector of the Formation House in Clifton Hill in 2021, passed away at his sister’s house Melbourne on 14 January after battling with bone cancer. At the time of his passing, Fr Peter was surrounded by his siblings, members of the Clifton Hill Salesian community and the Provincial.

       Peter was 63 years of age, a professed Salesian for 43 years, and a much-loved priest of the Church for 33 years. He was one of the Salesians in the Province who served exceptionally well in various sectors. Firstly, the contribution he made at the Don Bosco Youth Centre in Brunswick was amazing. Many young ones who went through this Centre still talk highly of him. Then as the parish priest at St John Bosco in Engadine, Peter was a great pastor who touched the lives of many families. His time at Dominic College in Glenorchy was short, yet, he made many students feel loved and valued in the way of St John Bosco. Finally, in the formation sector of the Province, Peter not only indoctrinated the students to support the 'Bombers' [his favourite Australian Football Team], but with the heart of Don Bosco, he made sure that the clerics and brothers became like Don Bosco while keeping God as absolute priority.

       Sadly, Peter’s last appointment as the Rector of the Formation House in Clifton Hill and the Vice Provincial was cut short due to his declining health. Yet, Peter was faithful to God right to the end, unafraid of dying and returning to the Lord.

       Let us pray for Fr Peter’s everlasting repose and happiness, as well as consolation for his family and friends.

       The requiem Mass was celebrated at St Anne's Catholic Church in Sunbury on Wednesday 19 January followed by the burial at the Salesian cemetery in Rupertswood, the mother house of the province.

       As promised by Don Bosco: work, bread and heaven. Fr Peter has nothing but heaven to enjoy with his loved ones.

       Eternal rest grant unto Peter, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, amen.