Sr Helen Clarke: A varied ministry of service

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I first came into contact with the Sisters of Charity when I commenced teaching at St Mary’s in Liverpool in the 1960s. Impressed by the Sisters’ commitment to the disadvantaged and marginalised people, I felt called to become a Sister of Charity and to commit to their charism with my life.

After profession, I returned to the classroom, then moved to the administration of four Sydney schools and then as a consultant with the Sydney Catholic Education Office. During this time, I gained a Counselling Diploma and furthered my university studies.

In 1990, I was elected Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Australia which was a term of six years.

After leadership, I studied Natural Therapies for two years then, with the support of a group of Congregations, set up a Holistic Health Centre to support disadvantaged people and members of religious congregations, people in aged care facilities and women prisoners.

With a background of teaching, natural therapies and retreats, I was able to conduct wellness days and days of reflection. This included supporting women in far Western New South Wales with retreats each year.

After serving on a number of Health and Education Boards, I was appointed a Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries in 2012 for a six-year term.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters in Ministry

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.

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