Vale Rev Dr Russell Hardiman - Notre Dame liturgical stalwart passes away

23 January 2019

After a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, internationally recognised liturgical scholar and Notre Dame academic Reverend Doctor Russell Hardiman passed away peacefully on Saturday (January 19, 2019).

Rev Dr Hardiman will be greatly missed by his extensive family, his academic colleagues, students and many people in his extensive networks in Australia and overseas.

Born in Albany he attended St Charles Seminary in Guildford, WA, from 1958, before travelling to Rome where he studied for seven years and earned his PhD in Sacred Liturgy at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’ Anselmo.

He was ordained as a priest in Albany in July 1966 and upon returning from Rome served as Parish Priest throughout WA including Albany, Boyup Brook, Gnowangerup, Donnybrook and Waroona from 1972 to 1994.

He joined Notre Dame as a Senior Lecturer in Liturgy at the College of Theology in 1993, before becoming Associate Professor in 2004.

In 2012, shortly before his retirement, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for 20 years’ service to the university.

Rev Dr Hardiman was the founding editor in 1970 of an international liturgy journal Pastoral Liturgy which continues today as a publication of the University’s School of Philosophy and Theology.

Rev Dr Hardiman passed away just two days after his extraordinary contribution to the university was recognised, with the unveiling of the Rev Dr Russell Hardiman Liturgical Collection containing more than 4,600 books and many thousands of other documents covering 50 years of Church liturgy and history, collected and curated throughout his lifetime.

“Russell Hardiman was a true servant of the University from its early days”, said Vice Chancellor, Celia Hammond.

“Through his work, his generosity and his example, Fr Hardiman made an outstanding contribution to the university community at Notre Dame and to the wider Catholic community in Western Australia.  We remain sincerely grateful for the gift of his presence and his service.  He will be deeply missed.”

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