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Barry Bernard Thiering

Obituary for Barry Bernard Thiering

October 1, 1930 - April 1, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 87

Beloved Chaplain, Teacher, Priest and Friend


"The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;…And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" -Isaiah 52:7

Join us in celebrating the richness of Barry's life. He was a Renaissance man, always living toward a positive future. He passed peacefully at home April 1, 2018 in the spirit of the Resurrection early Easter morning. Ordained an Anglican minister in Sydney, Australia, and later a practicing Episcopalian priest in the USA, his life was a ministry spanning over 65 years on four continents, touching the hearts and lives of thousands. Most of all, he remained a humble servant of God and of the good in others, especially children.

On Sydney beach missions and at boys camps as a young Australian sporting and swimming champion, then in four greatly diverse congregations in the '50s, Barry moved on to serve 27 years as Chaplain of Cranbrook School, and head of the 150 person staff there for ten years. He served briefly also at St. Paul's School at Bald Hills, and on the faculty of St. Francis Theological College (both in Queensland, Australia) before migrating to the U.S., where he served 9 years with Diocese of West Texas at Lockhart Emmanuel and St. Elizabeth Buda Episcopal churches. Barry retired to raise funds all over the US for 10 years with Food for the Poor, the largest international interdenominational charity in the US, which still sends 95% directly to programs. Most recently, Barry also had a rich and varied life as hospice chaplain in Austin.

As an educator, he helped found several national interfaith and interdisciplinary professional groups, as well created innovative schools in Australia and the United States with his wife, Dr. Linda Thiering. They raised a family together, and wrote, collaborated and consulted through Phoenix Rising in Australia and the US. They also met the Dalai Lama in 1982, on behalf of his Archbishop, during His Holiness's inaugural Australian tour. Barry helped run the inaugural Australian Billy Graham Crusade in 1959, won public speaking awards, and wrote 9 books and numerous articles, both practical and academic.

Everywhere he went Barry made friends, believing in the mission of Barnabas (the encourager), for whom he and his father were named, to uplift those he found on his path. For those who never met him, as actor, singer and musician he was sometimes mistaken for being Danny Kaye's double. Barry (seriously) wrote a dissertation on Australian humor on making God relevant to those who better understand the sand and surf than a formal church-going theology. Barry loved planting and tending to his roses, swam laps at the Y, and painted avidly at the kitchen table till the last.

Firstborn child of Pearl White Thiering and Bernard Lawrence Oct 1, 1930, he was then joined by beloved brother Ian and Max. He was devoted to his wife of 36 years, Linda Wukasch Thiering, and five children- Nerida, Paul, David, Christine and Joshua, and his brother Max, 4 grandchildren and 1 1/2 great grandchildren. Others have passed including ex-wife, Barbara.

"...Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." -Matthew 25:34

Service to be held at St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church in Austin on Monday, April 16 at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Food for the Poor (, source code: 104262).

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