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Sr Elizabeth Costigan farewells Catholic Ladies College, Eltham

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In December, Sr Liz Costigan said goodbye to Catholic Ladies College, Eltham, after a long-term ministry at the school.

She was farewelled with a very special morning tea, and a warm and loving salute from the principal,  Stephanie Evans.

Stephanie said, inter alia:

“Our girls will miss you, they have cherished your presence at College events. I can guarantee the comment that will be made by the girls about you and Judith Peart’s guest appearance at the annual final Year 12 assembly – ‘how cute are they.’ You will always have a special place at CLC. You may be moving to Essendon, closer to our cousins, but don’t forget where you came from, where your loyalties and allegiances lie. Remember, we are higher on the prayer pecking order.

“Know that we will continue to share your story with the young women who join our College as we teach them about the history of CLC and inspire them with stories of women like yourself, strong, faith filled, courageous and compassionate women. Women who have and continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

“When faced with personal and health challenges, your inner strength and spirit have held you in good stead. In the words of St Francis de Sales:  Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength.”

Thank you for letting us be there for you. We have been privileged to have been part of your special celebrations, your 80th birthday last year, and more recently your Diamond Jubilee.

You have touched the lives of so many members of this College community in different ways.

Liz,

• thank you for your unfailing capacity to care for us
• thank you for so generously and graciously walking with us on our respective journeys
• thank you being there to celebrate the great times with us
• thank you for being there for each of us in times of personal challenge
• thank you for giving us the opportunity to experience the joy of feeling loved and truly known

Liz, when I think of you, I think about and I feel a beautiful gentle breeze, bringing love, compassion, joy and inviting discernment;  spreading the love of Christ amongst us.

Read Stephanie’s full speech here: Sr Elizabeth Costigan Farewell Morning Tea – SE Speech

Main image: Sr Liz

Image 2 Sr Liz with Sisters of Charity Judith Peart and Tess Marcelo (rear), and Maureen Delaney and Loretta Bani (front)

Image 3 Sr Liz and her sister, Anne Costigan

THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
When we have so much to praise the Lord for, we must not complain.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
True affection is to rejoice in the happiness of our dear ones. Never allow a sentiment of resentment to enter into our hearts.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
What we do ought to be done well.

The Sisters of Charity acknowledge the First Peoples and traditional custodians of this land where we live. We respect, value and honour their history, culture and spirituality. We are committed to standing in solidarity and to actively working for justice, peace and harmony in this land.

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