Br Maurice B Finn Good Person Award
Mrs & Mr Sameer Kochhar, close associates of Br Maurice B Finn, have instituted this non-competitive award that salutes students who may not necessarily be high achievers or great performers, but students who have displayed their innate goodness of being wonderful human beings. The award promotes the development of sensitivity, helpfulness and gentlemanly conduct among the students of St Columba’s School right across the Junior, Middle and Senior Sections of the School. These qualities are central to the life and mission of Br Finn, whose philosophy is to rejoice everyday in the company of children without pushing them into a mean 8 competitive world. We also want to congratulate Br Finn for completing 75 years as a Christian Brother.
About Br Maurice B Finn
Br Maurice B Finn is a Religious Brother associated with Congregation of Christian Brothers since July 1946. He hails from Cork but has spent most of his life working as a missionary in India.
Taught in Northern Ireland. Came to India 1964. Have been involved in education in high schools, villages, with orphans and street children, in vernacular education and informal adult education.
An invitation came from the Chicalim Communidade in 1969 requesting the Brothers to open a school near the monument to Our Lady (Regina Mundi). Br Finn first arrived alone in March 1969 and was later joined by two young Brothers, Leonard Lobo and Carmo Noronha. The school started in a makeshift centre with 74 students. Today, Regina Mundi is a Class 10 level co-ed school of 1018 students.
During 1981-85, Br Finn was the St Patrick Higher Secondary School, Asonsol . Brother always gave the impression of being utterly content and totally at peace. He is a good administrator, accessible and a fantastic motivator.
He was Vice Principal, St Columba’s School, Delhi for a long time and worked towards making education accessible to the needy.
He is now 84 year old, lives in Goa, retired from teaching after 56 years but still interested in creating happy harmonious relationships in school, caring for old Brothers in need of assistance, counselling people as for his help and writing.