Bro. James Macken FSC Eulogy
by: Mr Kenneth Kulasingham
tribute to Rev. Bro. James Macken FSC
far that little candle throws his beams?
So shines on good deed in a naughty world”
(A quote from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice)
could be summed up as the labour of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
The De La Salle Brothers have been in Singapore and Malaysia since
are a band of men ‘inspired under God to provide the answer
to serious problems of the time. With this in mind, John Baptist
de La Salle in the 17th century gave this dedicated human beings
‘form and direction’.
one of the numerous Christian Brothers who came to St Paul’s
Institution was Rev. Bro. James Macken.
James became the Director of St Paul’s Institution on Mont
La Salle, Lobak on the 13th of February 1975 and remained here until
28th February 1991.
served as the Director for 16 years (the longest serving Bro. Director)
and that record will never be broken.
received news of his demise on 26th January 2012. We also understand
that he was buried in the community cemetery in Castleton, Laois,
James Macken is probably best known for his emphasis on the La Sallian
No Paulian team would ever represent the school without the traditional
No assembly or special Paulian celebration would be complete without
the rendition of the ‘School Rally’ or the Victory March.
Paulian until today remembers “Render with joy to your Mater
her due” and “Sons of St Paul’s valiant and true.”
‘Cheer, cheer, for old St Paul’ ....
Shake down the thunder from the sky!”
these traditions were instilled in the students and who can forget
his battle cry of “Who’s the Best!” to a resounding
reply of S P I
Paulian Spirit has been imbued in the minds of all Paulians and
Bro. James, ‘Thank you’ for reminding us of a sense
of being a part of a great institution.So a great line of Christian
Brother Directors had come to an end on 28th February 1991 when
Bro. James retired as Director. From the time of Bro. Isidorse 82
years ago St Paul’s, Seremban saw the end of the La Salle
Christian Brother administration.
Paulians of today remember your battle cry ‘What the odds
be great or small,
Old St Paul’s will win over all!’
that, we will say “Goodbye Bro. James Macken. You will be
in our thoughts and our prayers for a long, long time.
May God bless you and may you ‘Rest in Peace!’