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Vale John Baker CSsR

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of John Joseph Baker, CSsR (previously Br. Pius) whose life of mission and accompaniment touched so many.

John Joseph Baker, CSsR (previously Br. Pius):

  • Born Semaphore, SA, February 10, 1924
  • Joined the RAAF in 1943 and served until the end of the War in 1945.
  • In 1948 he began entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.
  • Professed November 9, 1949
  • Perpetual Profession August 15, 1955
  • Began his Majellan Mission in 1958
  • Died July 16, 2018

John was one of four confreres who came from South Australia and was the second of them to pass away in 2018. John Martin CSsR also died earlier this year.

John Baker spent most of his life on mission with the Majellan - almost 60 years in fact, starting in 1958. He retired in his late 80s as Manager of the Majellan and moved to the Kew community at that time.

For most of his working life John lived at Majellan House in Brighton, Victoria. He was devoted to the Majellan magazine and was a dear and trusted friend to all the staff at Majellan House. His other allegiances, firstly to the Port Adelaide Football Club and then Collingwood (both black and white), were also legendary.

His Requiem Mass will be from St Joan of Arc Church, Brighton. The funeral date is still uncertain but may be on Monday, July 23, 2018. Notice will be given of the funeral date and other arrangements.