Fr Alan McDonald passed away on Wednesday 9 February, at about 7.40pm Adelaide time. He was the oldest member of the province at 92 years of age, 65 years as priest and 75 years as Salesian. Fr. Mac served different roles during his ministry as rector, teacher, head master, historian, and translator of many languages. He was a great musician who also had a shrewd sense of humour.
A wonderful Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. John Bosco parish in Brooklyn Park, Adelaide in the presence of Archbishop Philip Wilson on Saturday morning, 12th February.
The emeritus archbishop Len Faulkner was present as well. The Mass was led by Fr. Joseph Lee SDB, the rector of the Salesian community in Adelaide, together with a few Salesian priests and a diocesan priest.
Many friends of Fr. Mac, including parishioners, Salesian Co-operators, past pupils, old boys and religious packed the church in this Eucharist to pay respect and to pray for the repose of his soul.
Refreshments were provided in the parish hall at the conclusion of the Eucharist.
The traditional Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Salesian College in Sunbury on Tuesday 15th February at 11:30 am, followed by the burial at the Salesian cemetery.