Cabinet Expresses Condolences Over Death of Bro Dominic Brunnock
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Monday, May 22, 2006 - The Cabinet of Ministers earlier today expressed condolences and deep regret over the death of Bro. Dominic Brunnock, a Presentation Brother who gave over two decades of service to Saint Lucia.,
At this morning's meeting presided over by the Prime Minister, the Members of Cabinet expressed sorrow at the death of the former Presentation Brother, who touched the lives of so many Saint Lucians in the field of Education and sports.
Bro. Brunnock, who was a co-founder of the Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education (CARE), first arrived in Saint Lucia in 1964 and for many years he taught at Saint Mary's College.
He was honoured by the Catholic Church with a Papal Award for his services to the church. But he was also honoured by the Government of Saint Lucia for his long period of service to education and the upliftment of the social life of the island's young people.
In February 2005, Bro Dominic was named on the list of recipients of National Awards announced by Her Excellency the Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy. He received the Saint Lucia Medal of Honour (GOLD) “for eminent service of national importance to Saint Lucia.”
Brother Dominic died on Saturday in his homeland, Ireland.
Below is his record of Service:
Bro. Patrick Dominic Brunnock F.P.M., SLMH
1927 – 2006
Bro. Patrick Dominic Brunnock was born on 26th December 1927 in County Tipperary, Ireland. He took his first vows as a Presentation Brother in 1947 and in 1956 volunteered to come to the West Indies taking up duties in Trinidad at Presentation College, San Fernando (1956-64).
He was transferred to St. Lucia in 1964 and taught at St. Mary’s College until 1973, promoting not only the academic programme of the school but also developing the College’s Sports programme and Inter-Schools Sporting Competitions.
While in St. Lucia, he was appointed Regional Superior of the Presentation Brothers, a position he held until 1976.
From St. Lucia, Bro. Dominic was transferred to Barbados (1973-81) and then to Grenada (1981-83) and back to Barbados (1983-89).
Upon retirement he returned to his community in Chaguanas, Trinidad (1989-93), from where he worked with Fr. Gerard Pantin’s SERVOL programme for marginalized youths. Bro. Dominic was so moved by the experience that he dreamt of bringing the programme to Saint Lucia.
On the 26th April 1993 that dream became a reality, when, assisted by Bro. Barry Noel, he opened the first Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education (C.A.R.E.) in the community of Marchand, with sixteen trainees.
For eleven years as Executive Director, Bro. Dominic saw C.A.R.E. blossom into an institution providing a second chance at education to three hundred and fifty (350) young St. Lucians annually.
Upon his retirement in 2004, Bro Dominic had given twenty-one (21) years of dedicated and untiring service to the young people of Saint Lucia.
For his loving service and devotion, the Roman Catholic Church awarded him the Papal Medal “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.”
On the 22nd February, 2005 as part of the National Independence Awards, the Government of Saint Lucia awarded him the Saint Lucia Medal of Honour (Gold) “for eminent service of national importance to Saint Lucia”.
Bro. Dominic left St. Lucia for Ireland on the 30th May 2005 and was hospitalized in his homeland on the 6th June.
He never left hospital, succumbing to a number of complications which led to the amputation of one leg.
Bro Dominic died at the Mary Mount Hospice in Cork City at 10.00a.m. on Saturday 20th May, 2006.
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