In Memoriam: Brother Francis Majella Burke FPM

Date: 10 May 2016

Brother Francis Majella Burke of Presentation Brothers, Glasthule, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin died peacefully in Blackrock Hospice, Blackrock, Co Dublin at 03.09pm on Monday, 9th May 2016.

Brother Majella was born to James and Anna May (Lyons) Burke in Whitegate, Co. Clare on 27th July 1934.  He entered the Presentation Brothers at Mount St Joseph, Cork in 1952.  He made his First Profession of Vows in 1954 and his Final Profession in 1958. 

He is survived by his brothers Joe, Tom and Paul (Brother Eugene); his sister, Helen (Dore); his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, relatives and friends; and his Presentation Brothers Community.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Seán, Paddy and Jimmy; his sisters, Nancy (O’Carroll) and Noreen (Gurnett).

Brother Majella was educated at Lakyle National School, Whitegate, Co. Clare; St Teresa’s College, Passage West, Co Cork; Coláiste Muire, Douglas, Cork; Mount St Joseph, Cork; St Mary’s College, Twickenham; Ulster University, Belfast and Queen’s University, Belfast.  He taught at Presentation College, Bray, Co Wicklow; Presentation Brothers College, Cork; St Joseph’s Secondary School, Orpington, Kent, England; Presentation College, Reading, Berkshire, England and St Patrick’s Primary School, Dungannon, Co Tyrone.  He served as Principal at Presentation College (Junior School), Reading and Vice-Principal at St Patrick’s Primary School, Dungannon.  He retired from teaching in 1999. 

He served as Superior / Community Leader of the Community at Dungannon from 1980 to 2005.  He also served as Bursar at Glasthule.

Brother Majella was a member of the Sacristy Team at St Joseph’s Church, Glasthule since 2006.

Funeral Arrangements: Reposing at the Presentation Brothers House, Glasthule on Wednesday, 11th May, from 03.00pm to 06.00pm followed by Removal to St Joseph’s Church, Glasthule.  Requiem Mass on Thursday, 12th May, at 10.00am.  Burial afterwards at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery, Blarney Street, Cork.

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