Home' Maristian Magazine : Vol 20 No 3 September 2014 Contents Where Are They Now?
A number of Old Boys were asked to share what they’ve done since leaving Marist, including what they are currently doing.
If you’re an Old Boy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we’d love to hear what you’re doing.
Jack Nash (Year 11), Matt Ransom (1983)
and Clem McManus (Year 11)
Matt Ransom (1983)
Matt worked as a Science, Maths and Religious Education teacher mainly in Cairns, Queensland. He’s been
married to Cathy for 23 years and they have two children, Ruth and Patrick. Matt was ordained as a Permanent
Deacon in 2006, working then as the Cairns World Youth Day 2008 ( WYD08) Coordinator and Diocesan Youth
Coordinator. This ministry gave him the unique opportunity to help Pope Benedict XVI at WYD08.
Matt is currently part of the Pastoral Care team at Mary, Help of Christians Parish in South Woden, Canberra,
as well as being the Coordinator for Catechists for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. In the latter role,
Matt oversees 220 volunteers who educate 2,200 children across the region every week, providing scripture
lessons for Catholic children in Government schools. Matt says, ”My fond memories of Marist are of a school
which provided a good education, a chance to play plenty of sport, and most importantly, making Jesus real for
young men and hence giving us hope for our lives."
Nathan Minerds (1991)
“It’s been almost three years since the class
of ’91 20 year reunion and not a week goes
by that I don’t think about it.
It was such a great weekend, with guys flying
in from all over the world to catch-up, have
a beer and ‘chew the fat’.
The most pleasing aspect of the event was
the sense of success I felt we have all achieved
in our lives. Some success came in the form of
money, some in job satisfaction, some in the
form of a great family and friends, and for some,
just surviving life’s challenges to still be around
to enjoy each other’s company.
What have I been up to in the last two decades?
A bit of all the above.
I have a great family, my partner Caz and five
children (four girls and one boy), a great job –
publisher of Canberra sports magazine PLAY
Canberra (playcanberra.com.au), and a great
bunch of mates, many of whom are Old Boys
from the class of ’91 as well as other years.
I guess that highlights the special connection
Marist boys share – that instant bond that
connects you as ‘brothers’.“
Dr Ben Darby (1991) and Nathan Minerds (1991)
Dean Franklin (1985) in Kabul
Colonel Dean Franklin CSC, DSM almost left
school at the end of Year 10 in 1983, until a
Marist Brother wrote to him over the Christmas
break and pleaded with him to come back and
finish Year 12, which he did. He reflects on that
letter as a turning point in his life.
After achieving his High School Certificate,
he was accepted into the Royal Military College
Duntroon in 1987. He graduated as an Officer
to the Infantry Corps of the Australian Army,
and remains in the Australian Defence Force
today. He has served his country in multiple war
zones including Iraq and Afghanistan. He has
also worked with the United Nations in Syria
and Lebanon in 1998, in Malaysia as an Infantry
Rifle Company Commander in 1999, and at the
Pentagon in the United States, Washington DC
in 2008. Dean is currently working as a senior
planner in the United States Central Command
Headquarters, in Tampa, Florida.
Dean has been recognised for his achievements,
notably as a recipient of:
the 'Australian Honours and Awards'
Conspicuous Service Cross for his
command of the Infantry School in 2005–07,
the United States Bronze Star for his
performance in combat operations
when embedded with United States
forces in Iraq in 2004–05,
a second United States Bronze Star for
his performance in combat operations
in Afghanistan in 2012–13, and
the 'Australian Honours and Awards'
Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership
in combat operations, also from Afghanistan.
He is also a recipient of the United Nations
medal (Syria/Lebanon) and North Atlantic
Treaty Organisation (Afghanistan) medal.
Dean’s married to Jane (whom he met in 1986)
and they have three daughters. Jordan (20),
is studying full time at Sydney University,
Bronte (18) joined the Australian Army and
is at the Australian Defence Force Academy,
and India (13) is with Jane and Dean in Florida.
Dean recalls that he was provided a second
chance in education, having been 'relocated'
from St Edmund’s College to Marist in Year 9.
While he still doesn't know to this day who
facilitated that second chance, he hopes that
his achievements somehow validate that faith
in him. He has fond memories of his time at
Marist, predominant among which was the
leadership provided by, and positive learning
environment created by, the Brothers and staff.
Dean Franklin (1985)
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