Leadership transition at Loreto

Communities of the Loreto Congregation in Melbourne and Sydney have held functions to farewell outgoing Provincial Superior Deirdre Browne, and welcome her successor Christine Burke and her Provincial Council.

Members of the Congregation in Melbourne attended Loreto House in Albert Park on Easter Monday for the Victorian function, which included a liturgy celebrated by Fr Pat Negri incorporating a homily preached by Sr Joan Nowotny. Music was provided by the Musica Camara group which Sr Deirdre (pictured right) formed in 1990. Sr Diedre is a musician and composer.

Sr Joan said Sr Deirdre had "brought her own style to the demanding administrative and pastoral role which she exercised with insight, constancy, grace and humour".

Loreto Online reports that a similar function was held in Sydney a week later at the Kirribilli convent, which included the inauguration of Sr Christine Burke (pictured left).

Present were Sr Christine's mother, Eileen Burke, members of her family and various Loretos based in New South Wales, as well as members of both outgoing and incoming Provincial Councils.

Other members of the new Provincial Council include Sisters Francine Roberts, Liz Hepburn, Anne McPhee and Sandra Perrett.

Sr Liz Hepburn is currently employed by Catholic Health Australia as an Ethics educator. Sr Anne McPhee was a member of the General Council in Rome and Provincial Superior, 1984-1989. She has more recently been involved in welfare, social justice and women's issues. Sr Francine Roberts is an educator at both primary and secondary level, and Sr Sandra Perrett is currently Province Secretary.

Times of change (Loreto Online 4/05)

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26 Apr 2005