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Great South Africans with a Bennie's Education

Great South Africans with a St Benedict’s Education


Patrick Hartin, Professor of Religious Studies, is an ordained priest, previously of the Diocese of Johannesburg, South Africa and now of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington. Fr Hartin matriculated from St Benedict’s in 1962 and succeeded Fr da Sylva as Headmaster of St Benedict’s in 1982, a post which he held for two years. Professor Hartin has been teaching New Testament Studies in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University since 1995. Chair of the Classical Civilizations Department from 2002 through 2007, Patrick continues to teach classes for the Classical Civilization Department. Patrick studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome (1967-1971). He is currently co-convener of the Social-Sciences and New Testament Interpretation Task Force of the Catholic Biblical Association. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Patrick taught New Testament at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and the University of South Africa, Pretoria. He was also chaplain to the Catholic Community at the Claremont Colleges, California.

Bishop Edward Risi


The Most Reverend Bishop Edward Gabriel Risi, O.M.I. matriculated from St Benedict’s College in 1966. Bishop Risi was ordained Priest, Oblates of Mary Immaculate on 12 July 12 1974 and was appointed Bishop of Keimoes-Upington, South Africa on 5 July 2000. Bishop Risi is a regular contributor to The Southern Cross. Bishop Risi is a regular celebrant of Masses at St Benedict’s and Holy Rosary school.

Fr Justin Wylie


Fr Justin Wylie (B.A. Ll.B. Ll.M, Ph.B, ST.B) is a Priest of the Holy Roman Church and Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa who matriculated from St Benedict’s in 1990.  Fr Justin was the first South African candidate accepted at Almo Collegio Caprania, the world’s oldest seminary and is currently the Deputy Master of Cermonies for the Papal Bassilica of St Mary Major in Rome and a papal delegate.



Professor Brandon Hamber, who matriculated from St Benedict's College in 1986, is Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He was born in South Africa and currently lives in Belfast. In South Africa he trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ulster. He is currently the Chair of Healing Through Remembering, an extensive cross-community project investigating ways of dealing with the past related to the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. He is a Board member of the South African-based Khulumani Victim Support Group. He was also co-founder of the Office of Psychosocial Issues based at the Free University, Berlin. Prior to moving to Northern Ireland, he co-ordinated the Transition and Reconciliation Unit at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg.

Stephen Lowry


Stephen Lowry, the current Rector of St Stithian’s, matriculated from St Benedict’s in 1979. Stephen completed his initial training and degree at Wits University. He went on to complete a Masters Degree in Education and Development at the University of London in 1993. Stephen is  involved in a number of other professional associations and initiatives outside of school life, including serving in the Justice and Peace Department at Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference ; the National Catholic Federation of Students (NCFS); as a Director on the Boards of the IEB and the Catholic Institute of Education). Prior to joining Saint Stithians, Stephen served as the Head of College at Sacred Heart College.

Hugh Baiocchi


Hugh Baiocchi, South African professional golfer, was Headboy at St Benedict’s in College 1963. Hugh turned professional in 1971 and spent his regular career playing mainly in Europe. He was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour's first nineteen seasons, including three top ten placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). He won six official money events on the tour. He also competed regularly on the Southern Africa Tour during the Northern Hemisphere winter, winning several tournaments there and winning the Order of Merit in 1973/74 and 1978/79. He has won more than twenty professional tournaments around the world. As a senior (over 50) golfer Baiocchi has played mainly on the U.S. based Champions Tour, where he has three wins.

Ramon di Clemente


Ramon di Clemente is a South African rower and Olympic medalist who matriculated from St Benedict’s in 1993. He competed in the coxless pair event with his boat partner Donovan Cech and won the bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In 2005, Ramon was a silver medalist at the World Championship and was a finalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

David O'Sullivan


Radio personality, David O Sullivan matriculated from St Benedict’s in 1979 and went on to study Journalism and Politics at Rhodes university. He joined Radio 702 in 1995. He has worked in all on-air departments at the station-news,sport and programming and covered events ranging from the 1995 Rugby World Cup,the 1996 African Nations Cup,the first democratic elections.He now hosts the afternoon drive on Radio 702.    

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