19, 1918 - November 30, 1988)
following eulogy by Brother Richard Van Houton at the Mass of the Resurrection
for Brother Terence Jones, November 30, 1988, is reprinted from the
Stanner Alumni News:
May 19, 1918, Thomas Gerard Jones was born, as Brother Terence would
often remind us, on St. Ann's Street in the Bronx. His mother's name
was Ann, and so it was inevitable that she would send him to St. Ann's
Academy, the predecessor of Archbishop Molloy High School. After graduating
with honors, Tom Jones went to St. Ann's Hermitage in Poughkeepsie,
where he professed his vows as Brother Terence in 1938.
Champagnat, who founded the Marist Brothers, one remarked that "A
Brother is a man for whom the whole world is not large enough."
He doubt he had a brother like Terence in mind, whose fifty year teaching
career was to span seventeen time zones.
taught grammar school, high school, and college. He taught mathematics,
physics, chemistry, Latin, French and English. he was an extraordinary
teacher: he challenged the talented, encouraged the fearful, and coaxed
the reluctant. Terence developed that booming voice of his as young
teacher competing with the construction of the Lexington Avenue subway.
But he was all bark and little bite; it genuinely pained him to see
us struggle, and a poke in the ribs during a test was always followed
by a hint to help us out. Surely, no fictional wizard ever helped so
many discover their brain, their heart, or their courage.
accomplished athlete himself, he also coached: baseball, basketball,
rugby, track, swimming, and volleyball. he was moderator and
one hesitates to accuse Terence of moderation in anything he
was moderator of the math club, math team, parents club, and choral
groups. And he was founder and moderator for over twenty years of the
alumni association that embraces St. Ann's and Molloy's fifteen thousand
graduates. Terry seemed to have a warm story to tell about each and
every one of them.
was director of his Marist community, and he organized a year-long celebration
of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Marist Brothers.
Terence taught in New York, Massachusetts, South Africa, Canada, Guam
and Hawaii. He loved the many lands where he taught. And he loved the
ocean he loved ALL of the oceans and considered an opportunity
to swim, surf, or scuba dive in any of them as a foretaste of the hundredfold
promised in the gospel. If ever there was a man for whom the hold world
was not bug enough, surely it was Brother Terence.
the measure of Terence's life is not only found in big things. The world
was not big enough, but no one was ever too small for Terence's kindness.
picture of Terence is complete without so many images: Terence took
personal care of a St. Ann's graduate Tom Farley who was
struck with cerebral palsy. For many many years, it was Terence who
fed him, bathed him, found him part-time employment, and led him through
the labyrinth of government services.
tutored hundreds of students his students, other people's students,
alumni, nephews and children of faculty members.
Brother Wilfrid was in a nursing home in his nineties, Terence was among
his most faithful visitors, and always managed to coax a laugh out of
him with a story of their days at the Academy. After Terry's mother
passed away, he continued to visit her friends at the nursing home,
with gifts of bread he baked himself.
had an Irishman's love of language: he cold tell a story, crack a joke
in French, or complete the Sunday Times crossword in ink. It
seems there was only one word not in his vocabulary: he could not say
"no" to anyone in need.
loved his family, his Brothers, his students, his alumni, his school.
He embraced everyone God sent into his life with an enthusiasm as constant
as it was daunting.
over a hundred alumni newsletters, Terence's closing was always the
same: "God Bless All Stanners." Well, Terence, God heard your
prayer for us.
Terence: A man larger than life
Robert Corrigan, Class of 1963.
Reprinted from Stanner Alumni News.
some he was "Terry," to some "Tom Jones," to most
of us "Brother Terence," but to all he was larger-than-life,
a great, warm, handsome Irishman from the Bronx, a dedicated teacher
and a devoted friend.
description, "a legend in his own time," has been overused
to the point of cliché, but in the case of Brother Terence it
happens to be true. No one who ever met him can ever forget him. He
was a teacher, a coach, a moderator, a music director, a mathematician,
an athlete. He was also a world traveler, a storyteller, a social director,
a man's man with enough personality left over to charm the ladies. He
was loved by everyone in the St. Ann's/Molloy family his classmates,
his students, parents, alumni, and fellow faculty members.
fall into two of those categories. I've had the opportunity to learn
from Brother Terence in the classroom, and then the pleasure of working
with him on alumni affairs. Like all of you, I am filled with memories
remember how he brought a classroom to life with flamboyant teaching
style and a voice which certainly needed no microphones.
remember his enthusiasm for math, and the intriguing mathematical paradoxes
he'd present to us.
remember the great exuberance of his St. Patrick's Day sows, and his
early morning rehearsals.
remember his booming laugh, which was never far from the surface.
remember his great smile, and his seemingly perpetual tan.
remember his stories about South Africa and Guam and Hawaii, and how
he'd try to convince us he really was working in all those places.
remember how he energized a room and drew people to him by the sheer
force of his personality.
remember his enthusiasm for both the alumni association and the parents'
remember how he would phone me from time to time at my office, and for
a few minutes dispel the tensions and pressures of the day with the
goodness and warmth in his voice.
remember the joy he felt when his students succeeded, and the pain he
felt when they suffered.
remember distinctly his ability to see the good qualities in others,
and to overlook their failings.
perhaps more than anything else about him, I remember Brother Terence's
upfront, unabashed faith in God and his love for our Blessed Mother.
he was not ashamed to show his faith, and there's no doubt it guided
everything he did.
Terence was a man of many accomplishments, but he was the kind of person
who woudl always dismiss his own role, preferring to deflect praise
to others around him. However, no one at Molloy who sees the magnitude
of alumni involvement or parental support can doubt the part he played
in making them happen. And no one can deny that the De Chiaro Center
is standing today largely because of the foundation he laid over so
many years with his network of alumni and parents.
Brother Terence was not the type to dwell on his own achievements. I
think the words of the folk hymn "Wherever You Go," composed
by the Benedictine monk Gregory Norbert, fit Brother Terence perfectly:
the time of our particular sunset comes, our things, our accomplishments
won't really matter a great deal, but the clarity and care with which
we have loved others, will speak with vitality of the great gift of
life we have been for each other.
a great gift he has been for us: No one loved life more, and no one
gave it more. The time of Brother Terence's sunset has come, much too
quickly for us. The suddenness of his last illness left us grieving,
not only for his suffering, but with the realization that we can not
properly say goodbye.
maybe that is how it should be. We won't say goodbye to Brother Terence:
instead, we'll carry him with us his smile, his spirit, his joy,
his faith, his vigor, his laugh, his sense of humor, his love for God,
his concern for others, his attitude for prayer, his zest for life.
If we can each carry a piece of the goodness he gave us, he will always
be with us, and there will be no need to say goodbye.
many years, Brother Terence closed his alumni newsletter with the prayer,
"God bless all Stanners." Today, all Stanners earnestly pray,
"God bless Brother Terence.
following article was reprinted from The Stanner Alumni News, Fall 1987.
Brother Terence 50th Anniversary
July 26, 1987, one of Molloy's interesting, diversified and well traveled
Marist Brothers celebrated his 50th Golden Anniversary. This date marks
an impressive milestone in the life and ministry of Brother Terence
A. Jones. In the 50 years that Brother Terence has spent as a Marist
(over 45 of which have been spent teaching), he has traveled, taught,
studied and lived life to the fullest.
Terence was born in the Bronx and received a Catholic education at St.
Ann's Academy, Molloy's "origin" in Manhattan. He then went
on to Catholic University for his B.A. from there to Boston College
for his Masters Degree and then to Yeshiva and Columbia Universities
where he has done doctoral study.
career as a teacher spans a wide spectrum of schools. Beginning in Lowell,
Massachusetts at St. Joseph's School in 1938, he continued on and taught
at St. Ann's Academy in Canada, Central Catholic in Lawrence, Massachusetts,
Cardinal Hayes and Mount St. Michael in New York, Marist College in
Poughkeepsie, Marist Scholasticate and St. Charles College, both in
South Africa. Brother Terence has also spent many summers teaching at
the University of Guam and at Damien High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
His largest amount of time, however, has been spent at Molloy. The subjects
that he has taught include all levels of high school Mathematics, A.P.
Calculus and Finite Math, Latin, French, Chemistry and Physics.
Terence's involvement with athletics and extracurricular activities
is just as extensive. Brother had coached varsity baseball, swimming,
track, and in South Africa, rugby. Regarding his social activities,
Brother Terence has been moderator of the Math team and club, moderator
of the Parents' Activity Committee, the ever popular director of his
musical reviews back in the 1960s and also a worker for the continued
circulation of the Alumni Newsletter. Resulting from this constant dedication
to education's continuance was the announcement of Brother Terence Jones
Day back on May 8, 1976. Another observance of his ministry was his
being named "Stanner of the Year," also in 1976.
Terence's worldwide travel has also made popular subject of conversation
at Molloy. Brother has traveled extensively to Tokyo, Istanbul, Athens,
Rome, Paris, Brussels, London, Belfast, Australia, New Zealand, and
finally the Philippines.
Stanner Alumni News wishes to note that Brother Terence's anniversary
was celebrated at Mount St. Michael in late May. Finally, Brother Terence,
we express sincerest thanks for all your contributions to generations