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Sr Colleen Noonan celebrates her Diamond Jubilee

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Motto: “Hidden with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3

By Sr Clare Nolan rsc

Where did it all begin? It began the day of your Baptism when you became a follower of Jesus. As your faith matured you desired to give more which was ritualised on July 2, 1958 entering the Novitiate  to become a Sister of Charity.

After your Profession  in January 1961 you spent a number of years in the ministry of Education teaching Infants and you were Principal of St Francis School Paddington.  Then it was time for some Renewal which you did through the National Pastoral Institute in Melbourne.

Your education in many areas of need prepared you to give general support where needed. Some of those areas where you have been “extensively useful” are with the disabled both physical and intellectually, pastoral care, domestic violence with the Outreach Program and Parish Ministry.

You have people with special needs in your mind and you are always looking out for them. I admire the love and energy you put into your ministry over the years. At the margins, going outside your gate, reaching out to youth on the streets, afflicted by drugs and alcohol and rarely thinking of yourself. I acknowledge your many health challenges that never seemed to stop you.  I remember when you received that special call to the Outback through the VISE program supporting isolated families who could not access education. You have been generous to a T.

You are committed to be the Sister of Charity presence at functions and celebrations no matter where they are being held.  Whatever you do it is with deep love as a Sister of Charity urged on by the love of Christ, and that includes care of the Sisters in your community and those you live with now at Paddington.

 

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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