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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:24

Religious women and men honoured on Australia Day 2016

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ausflag150Religious women and men were among those recognised in this year's Australia Day honours list for their generous service in the fields of education, aged care, health care and Indigenous languages.

Sister Kathleen Mary Tierney from the Sisters of Mercy was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division in recognition of more than 30 years of service to the community through her work within children and family services, education and aged care.

"I am somewhat embarrassed ... I am very grateful to be an Australian, grateful to be part of the Catholic Church and I believe it honours all the people I have worked with in partnership over many, many years," said Sr Kathleen.

Sister Jane Frances Gorey csb received the medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for her service to health care support organisations.

Christian Brother Frank Hennessy received the medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to education, to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Brother Sean Keefe ocarm was awarded the medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his service to the community of Manningham, and to the people of Timor Leste.

The medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia was also awarded to Sister Teresa Ward fdnsc for her service to Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, particularly as a linguist and educator.

Read more on Sr Kathleen Mary Tierney rsm on receiving her award.

Find out more about the work of Br Frank Hennessy cfc from a citation on an award in 2012 from the John Pierce Centre.

Read more about Br Sean Keefe ocarm from a feature article on the Melbourne Weekly Review (2015)

Read more about Br Sean Keefe ocarm through the Carmelites of Australia and East Timor website.

Read more about Sr Teresa Ward from an ABC profile on the Northern Territory Australia Day honours list.