Brother Tony Butler was born in Sydney 1940 and attended Marist Brothers High School Darlinghurst before commencing his formation as a Marist Brother at Bowral (1953) and Mittagong (1956). He made profession of the vows of religious life in 1958 as Brother Placidus and began teaching in Cairns. In 1959 he attended Sydney University, graduating 1962 BA, Dip Ed. He taught at Marist schools at Villa Maria (Hunters Hill), Penshurst, Eastwood, Auburn, Hamilton, Pagewood and Kogarah, specialising in English literature. He completed the AMusA in piano in 1983 and took organ lessons for five years with the Sydney Town Hall organist, Robert Ampt. He graduated MA in English Literature at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham (UK) in 1988. He has written his family history (he is related very distantly to Shakespeare by marriage through the Spilsbury line) and histories of Marist College Penshurst (Golden Jubilee 2003), the Marist Hermitage, Mittagong (Centenary 2006), and Marist College Kogarah (Centenary 2009). He currently lives at North Sydney and continues to work at Marist College Penshurst in Pastoral Ministry, where he has been working since 1994. He is the author of the hymn to Marcellin Champagnat, Great Man of God.
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