Priest awarded honorary doctorate
MAN of peace Father Paul Glynn was awarded an honorary doctorate of philosophy at Southern Cross University on Saturday.
The Lismore-born priest accepted the honour in the name of former Woodlawn teacher Father Lionel Marsden.
Fr Marsden was a Japanese prisoner of war in WWII, and when he came back to Australia he advocated reconciliation with the hated enemy.
Fr Glynn was in his last year of secondary school at Woodlawn College when Fr Marsden spoke at the school in late 1945 and was deeply moved.
“Over the next three decades, eight ex-Woodlawners worked on Fr Marsden’s reconciliation mission in Japan. Kindergartens and old folks’ homes were built,” Fr Glynn said proudly at the graduation ceremony.
“It is wonderful to see you young graduates, faces lit by beautiful smiles, hearts brimful of energy and fine dreams.
“There are difficulties ahead of you, one being the widespread anger, even rage, in today’s society.”
If the graduates went out into the world refusing to respond to anger, they would live happily and fruitfully, he said.
Prior to his work in Australia, Fr Glynn worked as a missionary for many years in Japan during the 1950s and 1970s and is the author of several books, from which the proceeds are donated to charity.
For this, and for his many years of service to the Catholic Church, Father Paul Glynn received the Order for Australia in 2001.