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Catholics recognised in Australia Day honours


For the last 50 years, Sr Patricia Rhatigan has devoted her life to helping the community reaching out to people living in rural and remote parts of Australia.

After half a decade of tireless service, Sr Rhatigan has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her work in supporting indigenous development and learning in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and through Catholic, governmental, educational and representational roles at state and national levels.

The Sister of St John of God, is one of many religious and lay Catholics honoured in this year's Australia Day honours list.

Christian Brother Barry James Buckley of Queensland has also been recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution and leadership in Catholic schools.

Director of Nudgee International College since 1995, the College provides English language training for international students and has been responsible for the education of some 12,000 students from overseas.

For her contribution to music Sr Helen Margaret Ryan from NSW was bestowed with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her 50 years of contribution in the field of music including her work in classrooms and children's choirs.

Please see link below for a more detailed list of Catholics who received honours. While all care has been taken, there may be some Catholics who have unintentionally not been included on the list.

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australia Day Honours List

29 Jan 2008