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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:40

Religious women recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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0618SrPatriciaPowellReligious were among those to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in a year in which women recipients outnumbered men for the first time.

Among those to receive honours were Sr Patricia Powell rsm, who was recognised with an OAM for service to the Catholic Church in Australia and the Diocese of Bathurst, Sr Joan Evans PVMB AO for distinguished service to the international community of Thailand through humanitarian assistance programs for the disadvantaged, and Sr Mary D’Apice RSCJ AM for significant service to the Catholic Church in Australia, and to education. 

Sr Patricia is a member of the Bathurst Diocesan Pastoral Council, former co-ordinator of Adult Faith Education (2003-2007) and consultant and facilitator of Rahamim Ecology Centre, where she was previously director and a founding member.

She has also been the leader of the Bathurst Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, on the General Council of Union of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and involved in Community Development Partnership with Indigenous people in Dubbo.

Reflecting on the direction life has taken her, Sr Patricia told The Western Advocate that her decision to join the Sisters of Mercy was based on their values, which resonated with her own. Since joining she has held many roles, which although diverse, have been equally rewarding.

Of particular note was her time in Dubbo, working with the Indigenous community which she said “was a unique and privileged experience.”

It was through her work with the Indigenous community she had her first awakening for the need to care for environment.

In her current role at Rahamim Ecology Centre, she aims to assist in educating others, promoting change in the way humans relate to their natural environment.

Through Rahamim, St Patricia, and those who work alongside her have been able to raise environmental awareness initially in the local community, and now across Australia through the Mercy network.

Reflecting on what has been achieved, St Patricia is quick to point out she hasn’t done it alone.

“Really, I’ve done, nothing, this (award) is for everyone who has supported or assisted Rahamim in any way,” she said.

As for the future, her goal is clear. “I want to build a human society that is more caring about the environment which supports the life we love.”

 

Read the full story about Sr Patricia in The Western Advocate

PHOTO: Sr Patricia Powell rsm (Mercyworld.org)