Catholics named in Australia Day honours list
Twelve prominent members of the Catholic community were included in the Australia Day honours list announced last week.
The Catholics on the list are as follows:
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Miss Mary Eileen DAVIDSON, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. For service as a pioneer in the social work profession, particularly in the area of education, and through the development of professional and community welfare organisations. She contributed to the establishment of Catholic Social Workers' Association in Sydney (1939) and Catholic Family Welfare Bureau (now Centacare).
Mrs Mary Elizabeth RUMMERY, Goonellabah NSW 2480. For service to the community, particularly through the public health and education sectors. Mrs Rummery has served as a member on the Board of Management, Trinity Catholic College, 1994-1998 and as a member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board (North Coast).
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mrs Dulcie Clare DEBRECENY, Comboyne NSW 2429. For service to the community of Comboyne through agricultural show societies, sporting clubs and the Country Women's Association. Mrs Debreceny is a member of the Catholic Parish of Camden Haven and Catholic Scripture teacher at Comboyne Primary School.
Mrs Mary Veronica DWYER, Sandgate NSW 2304. For service to the community, particularly as a fundraiser for schools, parish and community organisations. Mrs Dwyer is actively involved with various Catholic Religious Orders in Mayfield, Nelson Bay and nearby areas.
Dr Thomas John FORGAN, Longueville NSW 2066. For services to science and technology through the establishment of the Australian Technology Park. Dr Forgan led the development of the Australian Technology Park in Sydney on the site of the former Eveleigh Railway Workshops, Redfern, and is Project Director to the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney for the redevelopment of the St Patrick's Church Hill site.
Dr John Paul GALLAGHER, Willoughby NSW 2068. For service the medicine, to the community, particularly in the areas of social welfare and aged care, and to people with disabilities. Dr Gallagher has received a Papal Knighthood for services to the aged in the Catholic Community. Dr Gallagher, a retired medical practitioner, established the Natural Family Planning Service in 1968, which now operates 17 family planning centres throughout the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Mrs Cletus Maria HOOPER, Aberfoyle Park SA 5159. For service to the community through social welfare and counselling activities, particularly at Catherine House in Adelaide. Mrs Hooper was a member of the Steering Committee set up by Sisters of Mercy, to ascertain the needs of homeless women in Adelaide, which led to the establishment of Catherine House. She has been a member of the Parish Ministry Team for the last 4-5 years in the Catholic Parish of Aberfoyle Park.
The Reverend Father Edward Philip KENNEDY, Redfern NSW 2016. For service to the Aboriginal community of Redfern, particularly through the provision of housing and medical services. Parish Priest of St Vincent's Catholic Church, Redfern, since the 1970s, Father Kennedy has worked alongside Shirley Smith ("Mum Shirl") for the betterment of the local Aboriginal people.
Miss Claire Theresa LEAH, Torrensville SA 5031. For service to the community, particularly through The Therry Dramatic Society and The Music Hall Show. Miss Leah is an active worker for Catholic Women's League of South Australia.
Sister Mary Clement LENNOX, Mudgee NSW 2850. For service to the community of Mudgee, and to the Catholic education system. Sister Mary Clement is a member of the Bathurst Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Since her retirement from teaching in 1985, after 40 years service, she serves as a Hospital Chaplain, gives Scripture classes in government schools, assists in the provision of funeral services and assists as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.
Mrs Yvonne Audrey SELBY, Charlestown NSW 2290. For service to the community, particularly through the Charlestown Caring Group. Mrs Selby is the Co-ordinator of the Charlestown Caring Group, which is a home and community care programme for the frail aged and young people with disabilities and is a Board Member of the Catholic Care of the Aged.
Miss Oksana TARNAWSKA, Glenroy Vic 3046. For service to the Ukrainian community, particularly through the Ukrainian Catholic Council in Australia, the Ukrainian Scouting organisation "Plast", and as musical director of the Ukrainian Cathedral Youth Choir. Miss Tarnawska is the Founder and Musical director of the Youth Choir of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul (Melbourne) since 1959.