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The Congregation welcomes a new Leader, Sr Laureen Dixon rsc

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Sr Laureen was educated by the Sisters of Charity at St Thomas’ Lewisham and Bethlehem College Ashfield and went on to gain her teaching qualifications at the Catholic Teachers College North Sydney prior to joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity in 1971. She taught and was principal in a number of schools in Sydney and Melbourne.

In 1978, Sr Laureen attended the National Pastoral Institute to further her studies in Religious Education. She later gained a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master of Theology from the Sydney College of Divinity.

Her special interest is Pastoral Theology. She has been engaged in adult education, community development and counselling and was Parish Coordinator at Our Lady of the Rosary Kensington (NSW) from 1999 – 2001.

From 2002 -2014, Sr Laureen was a member of the Congregational Council and responsible for areas of ministry including: Aged Care, Mission Overseas, Parish Associates, Primary Education, Property, Professional Standards and Justice issues. During this period, Laureen was engaged in the preparation of the Petition to be sent to Rome for the establishment of Mary Aikenhead Ministries.

In recent years, Sr Laureen has been a Director on the Board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation Ltd, St Vincent’s College Ltd, on the Congregation’s Advisory Finance Committee and most recently a director of Sisters of Charity Community Care Ltd, and a member of the Heritage Centre Development Committee. Beyond the Congregation she was a Trustee for Catholic Healthcare Ltd and Chair of the Board of St Clare’s College Waverley. She was an Executive Member and then President of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes NSW.

Sr Laureen was elected Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Australia at the General Chapter in March, 2021.

Image: Sr Laureen at the missioning liturgy in St Vincent’s Chapel, Potts Point in Sydney in March, 2021. Photo by Tim Bauer

 

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.
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Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
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May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
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We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
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Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
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We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
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Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
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Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
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What we do ought to be done well.

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