Bro. Thaddeus (Myles) Judge
This brother known as Br ‘Buzz’ cared for his young students both in the classroom or at the college day and night while he ministered to their needs or worries.
Myles Judge was born on March 11th,1842 in Kilcolman, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Following his early education with also business training in hand he attended the French College at Blackrock in Co. Dublin while he was aged twenty – one years.
He began his Postulancy for the Brotherhood with his organization of several Departments at the College. He was sent for a time to Langonnet, France before his Profession which occurred in 1865.
He was then appointed to Blackrock College where he spent his religious life. Bro. Judge was indispensable to the College in all daily duties as he oversaw the care of all students. He was an exemplary teacher also had charge of the Class-book and Stationery Store.
Br Thaddeus developed a heart condition that caused his demise on April 9th, 1902 when he was aged just sixty – one years. He is interred in Dean’s Grange Cemetery in Dublin South.
Following his death during 1902 his private Notes, with Rule of Life and Resolutions, revealed the secret principles that made his life so exemplary and fruitful”.
Fr Larry Healy who knew him when he was a student himself and later when he was Superior: – ” For the function now assigned to him in the College he was admirably fitted. He got general control of the junior section with special jurisdiction over the very young boys – the “Chicks”. For 37 years he ruled this little world with unlimited and undisputed sway. Active, intelligent, and always busy, he was ever affable, polite and ready to oblige. Always alert to maintain law and order among his tiny subjects, he was always unruffled and supremely reasonable. To the little boys he was mother and nurse, as well as teacher and lawgiver. He was with them all day. He slept in their dormitory. In the morning he helped the smaller mites to wash and dress. At night he saw them snugly ‘tucked in’. In study he helped them at their lessons. At recreation he organised their games and insisted on a lesson hard to learn: – that truthfulness and fair play were preferable to Victory. At meals he made them feel that good manners and self-restraint were priesthood. That selfishness and greed were ugly and detestable. This function brought him into touch with all the boys, senior and junior. He is remembered for his being ‘indispensable to the community with his work ethic, always so dapper, wearing his distinctive skullcap.’ He rose daily at four am, he was punctual at the Brothers’ exercises.
Cardinal John D’Alton, who was also from Claremorris, related that Br Thaddeus took a special interest in him as a student. He told him one day to forget about his plans for a professional career because it was obvious that the Lord had marked him out for the priesthood. The Cardinal felt that he owed his vocation to that advice.