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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:15

Religious honoured on Australia Day 2017

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ausflag150We at Catholic Religious Australia congratulate many volunteers and leaders who have been honoured on Australia Day 2017 for their community service, which include four inspirational religious women.

Sister Anne Gardiner olsh was named Senior Australian of the Year for serving the Northern Territory's Tiwi people for over 50 years. She used her acceptance speech to call for recognition of indigenous people in government policy.

Good Samaritan Sister Mary Agnes O'Shannassy, Director of Catholic Prison Ministry Victoria, was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) this year for her service in prison chaplaincy.

Two Presentation Sisters, Mary Kavanagh and Rosemary Ellen Terry, were awarded Order of Australia medals. Sr Mary was recognised for her service to education and her congregation in Victoria. Sr Rosemary was honoured for her service as a chaplain at the Junee Correctional Centre in Wagga Wagga.

Other notable Catholic leaders who received awards included human rights advocate Mr Phil Glendenning, Director of Edmund Rice Centre who was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia and Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Greg Craven, made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Watch Sr Anne Gardiner deliver her speech in accepting her award and advocate for indigenous people.  

Read more about the ministry of Sr Anne Gardiner olsh recently profiled in The Catholic Leader.

Read more about Sr Mary O’Shannassy sgs and the ministry of prison chaplaincy.

Read more about the work of Sr Rosemary Terry pbvm in Wagga Wagga.

View a video feature on Sr Rosemary Terry from The Daily Advertiser.

Read the full list of 2017 Australia Day award recipients.