I was born in Moreland and grew up there attending both primary and secondary schools administered by the Sisters of Mercy. After secondary school at St Aloysius’ College North Melbourne, I did my teacher training at Mercy Teachers’ College Ascot Vale, a forerunner to the current Australian Catholic University. As a Sister of Mercy I have been blessed in the opportunities that have been mine in so many ways.
As I am the only resident at Sacred Heart College, my connection is very much grounded here at SHC! As a Sister of Mercy I have a vital interest in all ministries of Mercy and am very proud of the way that SHC carries the tradition of Catherine McAuley and the early Sisters here at Newtown to the young women of today. I believe that it is important, where possible, to maintain a visible link between the College and the Sisters. As far as I am able I am happy to be a part of that link with the SHC community.
After my profession as a Sister of Mercy in 1964, I spent many years teaching in primary education in a number of locations across Victoria and was principal of Parish Primary Schools for seventeen years, being the founding Principal at St Clare’s in Thomastown West. After a short period of renewal, I spent six years at the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne where I was Deputy Chair of School Services. My main responsibility was oversight of the selection and appointment of principals, ensuring that proper process was followed. I also was responsible for the orientation program for principals in the first two years of their appointment, and the system orientation of graduates in their first year of teaching.
I was then elected to the Congregation Leadership Team as Vicar to the Leader for a period of six years. This experience gave me a much broader perspective on Mercy life and ministry and on the Church of which Mercy is a part. During this time I acted as Director of many of our incorporated ministries in education, welfare, health and aged care. Towards the close of this time, I was appointed for a four year term on the Institute Reconfiguring Committee that was charged with developing a process that would lead the Institute into a new entity that better suited the current times and circumstances. In the so-called year off after that ministry in leadership, I chaired the committee organising the 150th celebrations of the Sisters of Mercy in Victoria. In May 2007 I came to Newtown as manager of the Sisters’ Hostel. As carer for older Sisters, I was privileged to be with them and hear their life stories as they travelled the last chapter of their lives on earth. However I did the job so well that it was decided to close the convent at the end of 2010! After assisting the Sisters to pack up and relocate in other facilities, and cleaning out the convent for use by the school, I moved into the unit on SHC property.
My Committee Membership extends to the following: