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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:37

Religious recognised in Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours

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Sr Susan Daily ibvmReligious sisters were among the recipients of the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for this year's Queen's Birthday Honours, which highlighted education, the arts and community service of these three women in their own quiet, tireless way.

Sister Cecilia Salvaldori of the Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was recognised for her service to the Catholic Church in Australia, and to the community of Fremantle.

The recognition cited her involvement with The Sisters' Place Night Shelter for Homeless Women, St Patrick's Community Support Centre since 2005, the establishment of Maristella Kindergarten (now a campus of St Patrick's Primary School) and the Basilica Italian Choir as Conductor for over 40 years.

Sr Cecilia he has also assisted the settlement of migrants in Fremantle since 1963, including child care, social welfare support and language classes.

A speech and drama teacher, Mercy Sister Kerry Gordon was awarded a Medal for her service to the performing arts as a teacher, and to the community of Townsville.

She is a teacher at The Magic House Speech and Drama Studio, a Senior Examiner of the Queensland Branch for the Australian Music Examinations Board, as well as a Federal examiner and Adjudicator for the Queensland Eisteddfod.

The Townsville Bulletin upon news of her award described this Sister of Mercy: "much admired, loved and immeasurably modest, Sister Kerry weaves the sort of magic which builds self esteem in the quietest and shyest of children."

Another sister to receive a Medal is Loreto Sister Susan Daily (pictured left) whose work as a visual artist and indigenous education was recognised. She has been a prolific designer and publisher of mainly religious art resources for over 30 years used in the celebration of the liturgy and sacraments for the Catholic church and all other denominations.

She has taught not only in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, but also in various Loreto schools.

Read an archived (2013) article from the Fremantle Herald on Sister Cecilia Salvadori. 

Vist and Like the Facebook page "Susan Daily Art" to view the work of Sr Susan Daily ibvm.

Read the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List in full.

(Feature photo of Sr Susan Daily at the 2015 Australian Catholic Communications Congress.)