Sr Lizzie Wall – a joyous, love-filled 50th Jubilee celebrationPrint
“In Thee I trust”
January 25 was a great day of celebration for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth Wall, beginning with a Eucharistic Celebration in the chapel of St Vincent’s Care Services, Auburn.
As Liz was the youngest of a family of eight, there were many family members who gathered for the celebration, along with Sisters of Charity and staff, also residents and staff of St Vincent’s Care Services.
As the chaplain, Fr Isaac Koi, accompanied by Fr John Gibson and Fr Ray Farrell processed in, we all sang: “We are called to act with justice; we are called to love tenderly…”
Congregational Leader Clare Nolan’s words of welcome included Liz as a Sister of Love and the uniqueness of her gifts which she has brought to her ministries.
Love and faithfulness, as well as Liz’s motto continued to be the theme at the morning tea as family and sisters told stories of Liz: Her call to religious life quite a while after her sister, Jane Frances entered the Sisters of Charity, and always being available for nieces and nephews amidst her work in ministry. So many spoke of her self-effacement, gentleness, generosity, and welcoming acceptance of people.
Liz entered the Sisters of Charity as a trained nurse and worked in the health ministry for many years in general nursing at St Vincent’s, Darlinghurst, St Vincent’s, Launceston, and St Joseph’s, Auburn. It was here that Liz was Leader of the community and became a Hospital Administrator, followed by a time as Director of Nursing at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Darlinghurst. Next came another time of leadership in the community while nursing at Caritas Christi, Kew
After a year of renewal at Baulkham Hills in 1993, Liz developed in Liverpool a new service in Outreach, supporting mothers with newborn babies which into a parent support program for parents and pre-schoolers in the area. It was in this program that for six years, I worked with Liz, along with a small team of mainly volunteers
Health issues have brought Liz back to Auburn where she was part of the hospital community from 1975 to 1983. She is now a valued resident of St Vincent’s Care Services.
Dear Liz, “May your gentle spirit continue to be a loving presence in this your Golden Jubilee Year and beyond.”
– Margaret Guy rsc
Main image: Sr Clare, Sr Lizzie (centre), and Sr Lizzie’s brother; Image 2: Sr Lizzie and her sister; Image 3: Sr Lizzie and the family; Image 4, priests on the altar.
For more images, go to the photo gallery.
Members of the site will find the Blessing on the 50th anniversary of Sr Lizzie’s profession by the Congregational Leader, Sr Clare Nolan here: Tribute – Sr Elizabeth Wall 50.