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Thursday, 05 March 2015 13:27

Selfless religious service recognised in Archdiocese of Adelaide

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sr margaret awardSisters Margaret Cresp rsj and Slavica Turcic asc were among those who received recognition for their work in the Archdiocese of Adelaide's Archbishops' Awards for 2014.

Sister Margaret has been involved for the past 10 years in supporting young people in secondary and tertiary education through provision of resources, personal coaching and personal support to enable them to be comfortable and successful in an educational setting. She has assisted students in their acquisition of English language skills by giving individual attention, organising homework clubs and building effective resources.  Believing that her refugee students deserved the best, Sister Margaret would use her sewing skills to ensure that girls from financially disadvantaged families were provided with appropriate uniforms which she continually maintained. She devised a recycling resource system to ensure that no student went without and to encourage sharing and managing of resources amongst young people. Sister also actively sought financial support for health and housing for young people. Sister Margaret continues to work with tertiary students to ensure the successful completion of their studies.

sr slavica awardSister Slavica Turcic asc from the Croatian Community is described as a most unselfish, caring and hardworking person who has devoted her life to pastoral and social work within the Croatian Community. A migrant herself, she understands the assistance needed to support people coming to a new country to build their homes and nurture their religious and cultural practices. Dedicated to the wellbeing of others, sister works with the youth to actively involve then in the liturgical life of the church. She administers to the sick and elderly in their homes, in hospital and in residential care. She supports families when they lose their loved ones and works tirelessly to support the elderly members of the community regularly travelling as far away as Coober Pedy to do so. Sr Slavica leads the choir and the prayer group, plays the organ, prepares the children for the sacraments, meets the individual needs of people in the Croatian Community and makes a positive difference to the lives of everyone she encounters.

Photo (left) shows Sr Margaret receiving her award and (right) Sr Slavica receiving her award from Archbishop Philip Wilson.

This story was first published in the February 2015 issue of The Southern Cross, the official publication of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.