With reference to our Constitution, the Most Reverend John Jobst, Bishop of Broome (Western Australia), had written:
“I welcome the establishment of the Australian Marian Academy which could be associated with the Marian Academy in Rome . One cannot but notice the role of the Mother of God in “crushing the serpent’s head” throughout the history of the Church …. [Pope John Paul II] has spoken out clearly and encouraged any efforts promoting the devotion to Mary the Mother of God. For these reasons the Marian Academy is very timely …. I can only say that the statements made in the Constitution are true and in keeping with the Church’s sound teaching …”.
we read of his death:
Kimberley’s ‘flying bishop’ John Jobst dies aged 94
Updated Tue 8 Jul 2014, 9:22pm AEST
A Catholic bishop known throughout the Kimberley as the “flying bishop” for his habit of piloting light aircraft to visit his far-flung parishioners has died at the age of 94.
German-born John Jobst was bishop of the Kimberley region for nearly 37 years, finally retiring in 1995.
He was a pioneer of remote education in northern WA and helped establish several schools in Aboriginal communities.
He was also a founder of Notre Dame University in Broome and a passionate advocate of Indigenous land rights.
Bishop Jobst passed away at the weekend in Germany.
Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders said Bishop Jobst was interested in schooling in remote Aboriginal communities years before Indigenous education became a government priority.
He was also well-known for using his pilot licence to cover his vast bush parish.
The aircraft were paid for with donations from church members in Perth.
“He flew those aircraft around the Kimberley, from station to station and from town to town, and some of the towns weren’t much of a town then,” Bishop Saunders said.
“But he was always willing to cart something, or go out of his way, or pick up someone who was sick or ill.”
Bishop Saunders said his predecessor was a “fiercely determined” man.
“He turned determination into an art form and failure was something that he didn’t live with very well,” he said.
“Hence it was that he … started eight remote schools in the Kimberley and was instrumental in getting the University of Notre Dame in Broome going.”