Two members of women religious, Marist Sister Noelene Simmons and Mercy Sister Maria Lawton, are mentors in the Australian Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program launched on 20 May 2017 at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.
The event was attended by almost 200 women, including many religious sisters such as the Josephites and Ursulines, with the former co-sponsoring the event. Special guest Senator Deborah O’Neill, Shadow Assistant Minister for Innovation and Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health, said the mentoring program would ‘enable Catholic women to have a wider role in the Church and society’.
Quoting Saint Mary MacKillop, the Senator said, "never see a need without doing something about it. We can see a need and we have a responsibility and a chance to do something about it."
"Today, our Catholic faith is a radical choice. You have an opportunity to organise, deliberately serving this population to shake things up."
The program is a service project of the 2015-2017 Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship participants led by Christine Pace from the Diocese of Broken Bay.
[Featured photo on left shows Josephite Congregational Leader Sr Monica Cavanagh rsj (left) with Sr Noelene Simmons sm (right).]