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Govt honours Catholic friends of refugees

International humanitarian and refugee workers were prominent in the Australian Government's Queens Birthday Honours List announced yesterday.

Appointed Officers (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia were medical practitioner Sr Patricia Coyle RSCJ and lay missionary Moira Kelly. Former International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Fr Mark Raper SJ was appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Dr Coyle, a specialist in anaesthesia, has worked in Uganda, Ethiopia, on the Thai-Cambodia border, Pakistan and East Timor. Ms Kelly, trained in special education, assisted with the provision of humanitarian relief and the organisation of medical treatment for those affected by war or insurrection. As head of Jesuit Refugee Service for ten years until 2000, Fr Raper was instrumental in the rpvision of education, pastoral care, local health clinics, trauma counselling and community development to refugees and asylum seekers.

Also honoured as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia was Mr Reginald Lowry of Darwin, who has served the community and the Church through membership of a wide range of boards and authorities, including the Diocesan Development Fund.

Click here for a full list of the 18 Catholics named on yesterday's Queens Birthday Honours List.

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