Mons is a contraction of Monsignor, which is an honorary title given to priests by the Vatican for many years of outstanding service. Mons Frawley, as he was affectionately remembered, received the honour in 1959 and the award of OBE followed in 1996. He was the Parish Priest for 37 years until his retirement.
Background notes:De La Salle was the boys college from Year 5-10Soubirous was the girls college from 8-10Frawley was a co-educational college for Years 11 & 12
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and our College Community
by the spirit and actions
of Mons Frawley
Let us remember
that we are in
the Holy presence of God
Let us always seek the light of
Monsignor Bartholomew Joseph Frawley was born
in Meringandan, near Toowoomba, in 1904.
When he completed
he became a
After three years of
training and was
ordained a priest in
He served as a curate and parish priest through
the 1930s, becoming a chaplain and serving in the
RAAF during WW2.
He was posted to Scarborough
as parish priest in 1946.
When the Parish of St Bernadette’s began,
Scarborough was a sleepy little fishing village.
Many people living in Scarborough had jobs
related to the fishing and crabbing industries.
Mons pioneered Scarborough with his love of
Mons built the parish church, St Bernadette’s primary school, De La
Salle, Soubirous and Frawley Colleges. He knew these were the
best ways to make life rewarding and meaningful for his people.
The cricket nets and classrooms built for De La Salle
College, are still enjoyed by students of SCCC,
Frawley Campus today.
Mons reminded everyone to
“Put your problems before God
and an answer would come.”
He always said that for those who
prayed and praised God…
‘It’s 95% God’s work and 5% your own.’
He was known as…
A Man of Prayer
prayer in the home and
for families to say the
He gave every family in
the parish Rosary
He had great devotion
In 1973, one of the schools,
Frawley College, was named after him.
At his funeral in 2002, young people wore the uniforms
of all his former schools and SCCC students formed a
guard of honour for the man who had built their college
and given it his spirit of prayer and working to the best of
At SCCC we build on the foundation
of Mons Frawley’s vision:
May we be generous serving those in need
And always act with strength and gentleness.
Let us always seek the light of Christ.