Three more doctors for NSW Joeys

Leadership, healing and Cistercian monk Thomas Merton provide the focus for the research of three newly graduating doctors from the NSW Sisters of St Joseph, which brings to 10 the number of Josephite doctors in the state.

Sr Judith Sippel, Provincial Leader of the NSW Province of the Sisters of St Joseph, has offered congratulations to Srs Colleen O'Sullivan, Jan Barnett and Antoinette Baldwin.

"It is important that we acknowledge the achievements of the Sisters and their contribution to the learning community and to the Congregation," said Sr Sippel at a dinner last week to mark the occasion.

Sr O'Sullivan, who will graduate in October, examined the link between Spirituality and literature in a seminal study entitled "(Thomas) Merton and the Towers of Babel."

Religious life and leadership in a time of critical change, is the theme of Dr Barnett's research. Dr Barnett is currently National Chaplain to the Australian Young Christian Workers and has served in the Congregation's leadership team.

Titled "Between Towns," she concludes that leaders at this time needed to demonstrate authenticity, embrace diversity and hold old and emerging expressions of religious life in creative tension.

Dr Baldwin in her work, "Through Learning to Healing," explores the individual, organisational and congregational learnings for the Sisters of St Joseph over 50 years of ministry to single mothers. She is a member of the Provincial Leadership Team, where she plans to utilise her knowledge in ministry.

In another celebration this week, Loreto Sr Claudia Murphy, of Nazareth House Ballarat, marked 70 years since entering the Loreto Convent in Ballarat.

Following her entry into religious life in Ballarat in 1936, Sr Claudia worked at Loreto College Mary's Mount for 11 years, managing the boarding house and cooking for hundreds of students.

"She always had a wonderful rapport with students and young people, relating to them and understanding them in ways that others of her generation could not," colleagues said.

She also worked in other Loreto convents around Australia including Toorak, Portland, St Mary's University College in Melbourne, Kirribilli in Sydney and Marryatville in South Australia.

Still an AFL Richmond supporter, Sr Claudia retired from active service in 1998 and moved to Mary's Mount, Ballarat, where she resided until she moved to live in care at Nazareth House, Ballarat.

Three new doctorates for Josephites (Sisters of St Joseph, Media Release, 17/8/06)
Loreto sister celebrates 70 years (Loreto Sisters, Media Release, 17/8/06)

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18 Aug 2006