Hilton Deakin Obituary, Melbourne’s Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Dies At 89

Hilton Deakin Obituary

Hilton Deakin Death – Obituary News: Bishop Emeritus Hilton Forrest Deakin, 89 peacefully passed away after several months of ill health on Wednesday, September 28,  2022. Born in Seymour on 13 November 1932 to Arthur and Ruby, the young Hilton Deakin took up his early education at St Joseph’s Finley (in NSW), St Mary’s Thornbury, and Parade College East Melbourne.

He entered Corpus Christi College Seminary, then in Werribee, in 1951 and was ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop Justin Simonds on 27 July 1958. Appointments were many – Moonee Ponds; St Patrick’s Cathedral; Box Hill; Glen Iris and Mount Eliza (as the Parish Priest to the new Parish). In 1987, Fr Deakin was appointed Vicar General to the Archdiocese under Archbishop Pell. On 30 December 1992, he was named as Bishop for Melbourne (Titular Bishop of Mortlach) and was ordained on 3 March 1993, and appointed an Auxiliary – serving under three Archbishops.

His ministry to the Archdiocese of Melbourne was broad and rich and included appointments to the Pastoral Leadership Board, Personnel Advisory Board, College of Consultors, the Diocesan Finance Council, Chair of Catholic Capital Grants, Chair of Mannix College Council, Member of the Priest’s Retirement Fund, and ex-officio Member of the Council of Priests. Bishop Deakin was also appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Migrants and Refugees. He held great love and interest in Church music and the special work of the St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir. With a focus on the just provision for underprivileged people, Bishop Deakin ministered for more than 30 years for people who suffer economic, spiritual, and cultural deprivation.

During the 1970s he obtained a BA (Hons from Monash University and completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology (Monash) in 1977. These years of study and research, particularly into Aboriginal matters, led to international projects and roles including that of President of Caritas Oceania and Vice President of Caritas Internationalis. He was involved heavily in the affairs of East Timor and the support of the Timorese people at many levels and did extensive work for the 40th Eucharistic Congress.

In recognition of this extensive work, Bishop Deakin was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 along with the Centenary Federation Medal.

Bishop Hilton Deakin retired on his 75th birthday in 2007 and was appointed Bishop Emeritus. In 2008 he celebrated his Golden Jubilee – receiving a congratulatory message from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, and further celebrated his Diamond Jubilee in 2019.

A man who was held in deep admiration for the many gifts he so generously shared throughout his long and dedicated service to God’s people, now with his King and Saviour.

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  1. The legacy of community faith and friendship that was engendered by Bishop Hilton Deakin at St Thomas Mores Parish in Mt Eliza lasts to this day. May his reward in heaven be fulsome An amazing man who made a difference in so many ways. Fond memories. Mary McKenzie snd family

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