Inspirational Women

Vice-Chancellor Pastoral Ministries

Written by Debra Vermeer

A career covering health, education and pastoral work led Teresa Brierley to her current leadership role with the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, but she says two things have been constant through the years – her desire to live a Gospel life and a sense of being called to work in the Church.

Chancellors in the Archdiocese of Adelaide

An original article written for Women Matter by Debra Vermeer

The Adelaide Archdiocese has a proud history of women in leadership - a legacy that Archdiocesan Chancellors Heather Carey and Pauline Connelly are delighted to embrace and build upon.

Women in Leadership in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

This article was written by Fiona Van Der Plaat and was first published in The Catholic Voice on 15 July 2017

FIONA VAN DER PLAAT talks to Helen Delahunty, Anne Kirwan and Camilla Rowland, three women who are the forefront of decision-making in the Archdiocese. And she finds that there’s a lot more to life than work for each of them.

Founded Project Kindy, an Australian grassroots charity that pays for children to attend kindergarten in Malawi

This article was written by Emilie Ng and was first published in The Catholic Leader on 15 June 2017

Charity founder and young mother Donna Power has kept her promise to feed and educate children in Malawi by raising $10,000 in her first major event.

National President of ACRATH

This article was written by Rosie Hoban and distributed on 30/03/2017

Noelene Simmons knows her commitment to work for the elimination of human trafficking is a long-term one; fortunately she is blessed with faith and hope. Involvement in ACRATH, one of Australia’s largest and most significant anti-trafficking organisations has taught her that change happens slowly, but with collaboration and determination, it can happen.

Senior Australian of the Year

This article was written by Mark Bowling and was first published in The Catholic Leader on 1 February 2017

In accepting her award as 2017 Senior Australian of the Year, Sr Anne Gardiner did so “on behalf of all Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who have lived and ministered among Australia’s indigenous people for more than a century”.

Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

This article was written by Daniel Hopper and was first published in Journey, Diocese of Wollongong in Summer 2016

It has been almost two years since the founding Director of CatholicCare Wollongong, Ms Kathleen McCormack AM, was appointed by Pope Francis to the 17-member Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), to advise the Pope on the protection of children and vulnerable adults in the Church.

Friend to Aboriginal People

Kate Bartlett, Aurora 2016

In December, one of our Lochinvar Josephites, Sr Christine O’Connor, will return to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle after spending the last seven years in the Kimberley town of Kununurra. I was privileged recently to visit Christine and experience a glimpse of what her ministry involves.

Christine worked in many ministries in Maitland-Newcastle, including MacKillop House, Special Religious Education and a ministry of presence and hospitality living in a housing commission unit in Hamilton South. Like many Sisters of St Joseph, Christine had also trained and worked as a teacher.

Valued contributor to Port Pyrie Diocese

Funeral Homily by Bishop Greg O'Kelly

Whoever designed the memorial card for Gen has captured her vivaciousness and clear love of life. To you Stephen, and to your son and daughters, Lillian, Hugh, Annie and Harriet, and to all the brothers and sisters of Gen we extend our deep condolences. No-one can or should attempt to enter the intimacy of your own grief, yours and that of Gen’s family’s.

Pastoral ministry WA outback

This article was first published in The Good Oil (19 May 2016)

Good Samaritan Sister Annette Dever has been honoured with not one, but two Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards, for her service to the remote Western Australian communities of Leonora, Leinster and Laverton.

A very surprised and overwhelmed Annette received the awards last month at a dinner hosted by the Shires of Leonora and Laverton to honour and farewell Annette as she finished 13 years of pastoral ministry among the people of the WA outback.