Death of Fr John Broadbent


On the First Sunday of Advent, Monsignor John Broadbent, died after a short spell in Wellington hospital. His life as a priest took him to many places, and many forms of priestly service. Born in the United Kingdom, Msgr John’s family migrated to New Zealand when he was a child, and settled in Nelson. After a time of formation with the Benedictines of Prinknash Abbey, Gloucester, John continued his studies for the priesthood in Mosgiel, and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Wellington in July 1955.
newsjan2017Monsignor John’s first appointment was to Lower Hutt while he studied part time student at Victoria University. Other parish appointments included Waitara, Palmerston North, Takaka, Johnsonville, and Nelson. In 1974, he began studies towards his doctorate in Belgium, and graduated with a PhD in Theology and Pacific History, with his thesis on the first Oceania vocations to the priesthood.


From 1976 he taught at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva, and the University of the South Pacific, and then returned to Wellington for several years in tertiary chaplaincy at Victoria University. He was rector of Holy Cross College, Mosgiel from 1987-91, then he continued at Mosgiel as spiritual director and retreat master. While there, and in later parish appointments, John loved to return to the Pacific for retreats, lectures, short term teaching assignments.


John Broadbent is remembered as a very warm, person who radiated charm and welcomed all who approached. He was greatly respected as a lecturer and teacher.

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Pacific Regional Seminary has been offering training for the Roman Catholic priesthood for the various dioceses in the Pacific and for religious congregations with houses affiliated to the seminary since 1972.
During this year, 1973, we are celebrating our 40 years at the present site at Nasese, Suva Point. The celebration is centred on the last weekend of August, 23rd to 25th August with three day of presentations on the documents of Vatican II as they relate to seminary formation and to priestly life. All former students and faculty are invited to join in the celebration either by coming in person or joining in spirit from the different parts of the world. The same invitation is expressed to former staff members.
If you are coming, please notify us by email to prs40years@gmail.com , if possible by early July. [Alternatively by mail which can be sent to Private Mail Bag, 79, Suva, Fiji]