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William Anthony (Bill) Jordan PE

Funeral Details

1:30 PM
Tuesday 13th August 2013 at St Brendans Catholic Church, 103 Wellington St, Flemington, VIC

Tobin Brothers - N Melbourne
(03) 9328 3999

Reverend Father William Anthony Jordan P. E.

Died in Melbourne on the 8th of August 2013, aged 77.

Son of Anthony Cornelius and Mary Alice Jordan (both deceased).

Loved brother of Bernard and Rosemary Watson, brother-in-law of Helen and Ray, and uncle and great uncle to their families.

Bill was a loving and generous son, brother and uncle and a faithful priest for over 53 years.

Special thanks to the ICU staff at Melbourne Private Hospital.

The Parish communities of St. Brendan's, Flemington, and Holy Rosary, Kensington, give thanks to God for the dedicated priestly ministry of their beloved former pastor, Father William (Bill) Jordan.

Father Bill was a generous and loving shepherd of the people of God entrusted to his care.

May his dear soul rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.


Anna Lucidi

December 23rd, 2013 at 3:19 pm

For the past 15 years mum mother and, I having been coming to Midnight mass at St. Brendans. We live in Fawkner and, we always looked forward to having mass with Fr. Bill. It was always a highlight of our Christmas. We are very sad to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed. RIP Anna Lucidi

Phil O'Donnell

August 17th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

In my time in priestly ministry, I only knew Bill as one of my many colleagues in this large Archdiocese who I met occasionally, and generally admired and respected him for his pastoral wisdom and humble scholarly contributions in music/liturgy. It was in the last 8 years, while working with Tobin Brothers, as a Funeral Director, that I came to know and appreciate the pastoral depth of this fine priest. He was in a busy parish that celebrated a high number of funerals, and he was always the same, irrespective of whether the deceased was a high profile parishioner or an unknown local, or often someone who just needed a Christian burial. How often Bill would come to a chapel or cemetery to lead a Catholic funeral for someone who had long ago lost their connection with the Church. Bill had a major problem - he could never say "No" to people in need. In the last few years he conducted two funerals for our family - one was a child of a family well known in the community, the other a distant relative completely unknown to him. His pastoral response and care and his liturgical leadership in both funerals was deeply appreciated by our family. How apt that at the time of his final illness, although "retired", he was still ministering in a voluntary role as chaplain at St Vincent's Hospital as the appointed chaplain was away at the World Youth Day. Well done good and faithful servant.

joe Giàcobbe

August 13th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I have known Bill for over thirty years and regard him as a good and loyal friend the real deal as a priest with the calling card of Jesus Christ in the Gospels "I come among you as one who serves. I supplied for Sunday Mass at Holly Rosary Kensington for a number of years and Bill was always grateful and appreciative. Regrettably as I am Interstate I could not attend the Mass. Vale a good pastor and silent giver RIPJoe Giacobbe

The Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation

August 13th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

The Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne honours with gratitude and esteem the generous priestly witness and musical expertise of Fr. William (Bill) Jordan PE, STL (Urban, Rome), SacMusDoc (Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome)who died on 8 August 2013. Bill was a leading figure and significant influence on music in the liturgy within the Archdiocese and beyond during the past 45 years. He was Secretary of the Melbourne Diocesan Music Committee (1968-1979), Melbourne Diocesan Director of Music (1979-1984), Director of the Office of Sacred Music (1984-1995), Executive Officer for music for the National Liturgical Commission ( 1982-1995), Member of the Advisory Committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL 1975-1981), Chairman of ICEL's Music Sub-Committee (1976-1981), Member of the National Ecumenical Church Music Committee (1981-2012), Editor of Catholic Worship Book (1985), and until recently a member of the National Liturgical Music Board of the Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference responsible for revising that publication, Consultant for "Gather Australia" (1995), Chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission (2001-2004) and member of the editorial board of "The Summit". May Choirs of Angels lead him home and may his gentle soul rest in peace.

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