Newman College celebrates educator’s 75 years as Marist Brother

Marist Brother Noel Hickey. Picture: Martin Kennealey  d483304
Marist Brother Noel Hickey. Picture: Martin Kennealey d483304

THE Newman College community in Churchlands will honour one of its own this week.

Noel Hickey (93), who has had a long career in education and almost 40 years as a teacher and principal, will celebrate 75 years as a Marist Brother on June 6.

His link to the Marists goes back to his boarding days at the then Marist-run St Ildephonsus’ College in New Norcia, where he excelled as a student and set the under-16 880-yard WA athletics record before becoming a Marist Brother in NSW in the early 1940s.

Newman College principal John Finneran paid tribute to the Kalgoorlie-born brother.

“His commitment to Catholic education has enhanced the lives of thousands of young people, both here in Australia and overseas,” he said.

“At Newman College, Br Noel’s ongoing presence is exemplified by his wisdom, intellect and support of our students, specifically his work in the education support centre.”

Apart from his contribution to the college’s education support centre, he also spent two hours every week for more than a decade visiting patients in the Shenton Park head trauma unit.

Newman College and Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe will honour his 75 years of religious life in a private reception at the college.

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