Inspirational Women

Principal Mercedes College, Perth

This article was written by Rachel Curry and first published in The Record (18 May 2016)

For a school as focused on pastoral care as Mercedes College, it is fitting that Principal Kerrie Fraser feels more like the head of a family, than the head of a school.

Mrs Fraser took over the role at Mercedes at the beginning of 2015 – the latest step in a long and successful career in which she has worked in two states and traversed both the Catholic and government school systems.

Archdiocesan Director of Liturgy

This article was written by Caroline Smith and was first published in The eRECORD on 12 May 2016

For Sister Kerry Willison, being Director of Liturgy at the Archdiocese of Perth is, in many ways, about connecting people with the divine.

Sr Willison – who has been in the role since 1992 – said she has been inspired by how the Catholic Mass and sacraments can affect individuals and open them up to God.

Enterprise facilitator in Kalumburu, WA.

This article was written by Jasmeet Sahi and was first published in Eureka Street on 05 May 2016

It's incomprehensible how a child can take her own life. Back in March, news broke that a ten-year-old girl had committed suicide in the remote Aboriginal community of Looma, in the Kimberley.

She had compounded trauma and hurt most of her young life as a victim of family violence, which by the age of ten became too much to bear.

Goulburn Correctional Centre chaplain

This article was written by Matthew Biddle and was first published in the March edition of the Catholic Voice.

Prison chaplain Julie Kelly says inmates of the Goulburn Correctional Centre are excited about the Year of Mercy and the opportunities it presents them with. For many, learning to forgive themselves for their crimes and accepting the forgiveness of God is a long and difficult process.

This article was first published in the Catholic Leader on the 12 February 2016.

Born in Vietnam, Sr Thao grew up as a teenager in Australia, which fashioned her adventurous mind. By the age of 23, she came to the Canossian convent to test out her vocation. Four years later, she took her first Religious Vows. This year marks 20 years since Sr Thao put her feet on Canossian ground. She works in palliative care, which she says is a sacred ministry “because this is where I continuously experience the Paschal mystery of Jesus”. She also works with the young adult ministry in the Cathedral of St. Stephen, a ministry which “is energetic, enriching and eye opening”.

Young indigenous leader

This article was written by Emilie Ng and was published in the Catholic Leader on 26 October 2015.

Talisha’s taking the high road

IPSWICH’S rising netball star hasn’t graduated yet but she’s already planning a future helping indigenous people overcome shame and mental illnesses. 

Discerning religious life

This article was written by Mark Reidy and was published in The Record on 22 October 2015.

Year of Consecrated Life Report - Amy drawn by joy and mission to serve others

When then 11-year-old Amy McCabe first encountered Sisters from the Missionary of God’s Love (MGL) community in 2008, she recalls feeling drawn not only by their jovial and loving nature, but also to their mission to youth, people living in poverty and those on the fringes of society.

Helping women and girls overcome trauma

This article was written by Aoife Connors for the ACBC's MediaBlog and was published on 18 August 2015.

Healing through ministry

Helping girls and young women overcome trauma and heal following beatings and sexual violence is the healing ministry of Sr Angelique Namaika, a woman with a passion for justice who is transforming her community.

Academic and outspoken advocate

The following article was written by Elouise Hahn and was published in the September 2015 edition of the Loreto Networker.

Loreto farewells their “Larrikin Angel” – Sr. Veronica Brady

The Loreto community last week farewelled one of its most respected and well regarded Sisters, Veronica Brady, at the age of 86.

Australian representative at Synod on the Family

This article was written by Aoife Connors and was published as a Media Release for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on 16 September 2016. 

Pope Francis has appointed Dr Maria Harries AM as an independent auditor at the 14th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place at the Vatican in Rome next month. This means Dr Harries will contribute to the Synod discussions on the family as a Catholic laywoman.