Inspirational Women

President of the International Catholic Migration Commission

This is an original article by Debra Vermeer

From the age of 12, Anne Gallagher wanted to work for the United Nations, an ambition she went on to achieve, but that 12-year-old could not have foreseen that she would also become the first female President of the Catholic Church’s international agency for migrants and refugees.

For Jacqui Francis, being Executive Director of Townsville Catholic Education brings its share of joys and challenges, but few could have predicted quite the level of challenge that accompanied the start of the 2019 school year when the city was deluged by a flood of historic proportions.

“It’s incredible, because we’re always talking about water here in Townsville, about the fact that we haven’t got enough of it, and now here we are in the middle of a 1 in 100 year flood,” she says.

Chancellor for Ministries

This article was written by Debra Vermeer

Just when retirement was beckoning for Sister Catherine Ryan rsm, she was instead asked to take on the role of Chancellor for Ministries in the Parramatta Diocese – a position she sees primarily as a ministry of encouragement and support.

 

Finance Officer and Property Manager: Diocese of Broome

This article was written by Debra Vermeer and was first published in Women Matter

Therese Rogers has always been open to the will of God in her life, but it’s fair to say that God surprised her a few years ago by leading her across the country, from country Victoria to managing the finances of the vast Broome Diocese.

Chancellor, Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes

When Kath Nadin, a long time Catholic educator, was asked to help the freshly appointed Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes settle into his job, she soon discovered she would wear many hats in her new role.

“When Bishop Columba first arrived, there was just he and I in the office,” she laughs. “So we were both answering the door and picking up the phone and everything else for the first few weeks.”

This article was written by Tracey Edstein and originally appeared in Aurora, the monthly magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle on April 7, 2018.

When the young recipient of this year’s Magdalene Award, Claire McWilliam, thinks about the source of her deep Catholic faith, the faces of women come into her mind. “My faith journey’s been with the women – my mother, women in my parish of Toronto, women belonging to the groups I’m involved in. These women have given me the confidence to remain as faithful as I have.”

Chancellor, Cairns

Written by Debra Vermeer

Being Chancellor of the Cairns Diocese, which extends from the outback to the islands in Far North Queensland, has its challenges, but is primarily about helping and supporting one another, says Eileen Lander.

“This diocese runs all the way to the Northern Territory border, across to the coast and out to the islands, so there are lots of small communities and lots of different needs,” she says.

Vice-Chancellor Pastoral Ministries

Written by Debra Vermeer

A career covering health, education and pastoral work led Teresa Brierley to her current leadership role with the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, but she says two things have been constant through the years – her desire to live a Gospel life and a sense of being called to work in the Church.

Chancellors in the Archdiocese of Adelaide

An original article written for Women Matter by Debra Vermeer

The Adelaide Archdiocese has a proud history of women in leadership - a legacy that Archdiocesan Chancellors Heather Carey and Pauline Connelly are delighted to embrace and build upon.

Women in Leadership in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

This article was written by Fiona Van Der Plaat and was first published in The Catholic Voice on 15 July 2017

FIONA VAN DER PLAAT talks to Helen Delahunty, Anne Kirwan and Camilla Rowland, three women who are the forefront of decision-making in the Archdiocese. And she finds that there’s a lot more to life than work for each of them.