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Catholics on Queens Birthday Honours List

The Queens Birthday Honours announced yesterday named as Officers of the Order of Australia (AO), a Catholic media personality, the Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor, and a nun prominent in the implementation of palliative health care.

Presenter of ABC TV's Compass religious program, and Radio National's Life Matters social issues program, Geraldine Doogue, was recognised particularly for her service to the to the media through raising public awareness of issues involving ethics, values, religion and spirituality.

Former St Mary's Province (NSW/ACT) Christian Brothers' Congregational Leader Br Julian McDonald receives the award for service to education, particularly as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, to religious life through Church-related social justice, welfare and educational programs, and to the community through the promotion of ethics in the workplace.

Sr Berenice Stubbs of the Little Company of Mary was recognised for service to the community, particularly through the initiation, organisation and implementation of palliative care services in the ACT, and through support for the development of new and national health information technologies.

There are 528 recipients in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year, including a significant number of Catholics.

Chairman of the Council for the Order of Australia, former Victorian Governor Sir James Gobbo, said: "The Honours List recognises outstanding citizens from all walks of life whose contributions have helped define our nation and should be reason for pride for every Australian. Every person so recognised has been nominated by fellow citizens and all have been honoured for their exceptional professional or voluntary service."

The unofficial list of Catholics used as the source for this list was kindly supplied by Mr Ramon Williams of RGL Media. Mr Williams acknowledges that there may be Catholics awarded but inadvertently omitted from his list.

RLG Media

Queen's Birthday Honours list (The Age)

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