Death of leading Tasmanian church educator
One of Tasmania's best known nuns, much loved and respected educator Sr Barbara Duggan died in Hobart on Sunday night after a long illness.
Sr Barbara, a Sister of St Joseph for more than 50 years, was recognised for her keen appreciation of educational excellence in which she maximised opportunities for students, especially those who were not academically gifted.
The Sister Guardian of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sr Carmel Jones, said that Sr Barbara (who was also leader of the Congregation 1994-1999) was a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend, who will be sadly missed.
The Director of Catholic Education, Mr Paul Stevens, described Sr Barbara as one of the outstanding contributors to education in Tasmania in the past two decades.
"Not only was she a gifted educator, herself, she was influential in the direction Catholic education has taken in recent years," he said. "She was a great supporter of Catholic education and brought a great depth of wisdom to deliberations. Above all, she was a lovely person."
The Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Rev. Adrian Doyle, also acknowledged Sr Barbara's contribution to Catholic life in Tasmania.
"Sr Barbara was a woman of strong personal faith," he said. "She had a sense of humour, intelligence and academic giftedness and was extremely generous with the time and energy which she devoted to educational and Church pursuits."
Catholic Media Office (TAS)