Sister Elizabeth Little fdnsc, has been appointed Provincial of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, commencing mid-January 2014.
Sr Liz, as she is fondly called, has spent most of her life in Education. Her teaching began in 1968 in Tasmania at St. Joseph’s, Queenstown, then at St. Edmond’s, Croydon (Melbourne), St. Catherine’s, Moorabbin (Melbourne), and St. Therese’s, Mascot (Sydney).
In 1974 she was transferred to the Northern Territory beginning 27 years of dedicated service to Catholic Education. Seventeen of those years were at Port Keats spent as Principal of the School and Leader of the O.L.S.H. Community of Sisters. During the 27 years, she taught in and was Principal in the following Schools; St. Therese’s, Bathurst Island, St. Mary’s, Darwin, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Alice Springs, St. Paul’s, Nightcliff and Sacred Heart School, Berrimah.
Sr Liz holds the following qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Arts, Bachelor of Theology, and Master of Arts in Indigenous Australian Studies.
In 2001 Sr Liz worked with the Catholic Education Office in Darwin as a Consultant for Indigenous Staff and in the following year was transferred to Provincial Headquarters in Sydney, working as Provincial Secretary and Provincial Councillor.
In 2008 Sr Liz returned to the Northern Territory, where she was appointed Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission for a short period until Bishop Hurley appointed her as Chancellor for Governance in November of that year. She has held this position with great diligence and dignity. Her consistent contribution in writing up the history of the Diocese of Darwin in UNITY Magazine has been outstanding and brought back many memories for so many of our readers but has also enlightened many of us to the hardships borne by the pioneers of our time.
She will be sadly missed at the Diocesan Office for her humour, encouragement, leadership and readiness to always offer a helping hand. Our love and prayers go with you Sr Liz but our memories remain always.
The words of a previous Provincial will surely be echoed by many who know her:
"Sr Liz has worked in extremely difficult situations with courage, diligence, strength and hope, encouraging those with whom she worked and encouraging those for whom she worked. She has stood up for those who have been unable to speak for themselves. She has been brave under fire and told her truth in love and with courage, always for the sake of the betterment of the marginalised."
Received the Jim Gallagher Award for ‘Principal of the Year’ from the Australian Council for Education Administration NT Inc. (2000)
Received The Centenary Medal ‘For Services to Education, in particular Indigenous Education’ (2003)
Received the OAM for services to Education and Indigenous staff, along with her sister, Sr. Helen Little, who received the award for services to Education in the Northern Territory and the community (2008).