Mt Alvernia Alumnae celebrate remarkable women

6 March 2014 | General Interest

 The first editionof Belong. Believe, Achieve, a collection of snapshops of the journey of twelve graduates of Mt Alvernai College who have made a significant contribution to the communities in which they live and work, was held at Mt Alvernia College today.

Among the graduates whose lives were celebrated were Therese Miller (Blanchard); Carmel Williams; Suzan Pekol,Annette Brown (now Hennessy);Deidre Cooke; Janet Daly (now Born); Margaret and Michelle Williams; Kyn Marsden (now Dann); Nellie Lee and Alana Scott. Their acheivements were far ranging - medicine, Queensland Rail, fashion desgin, engineering, theatre and Olympic sports.

Missionary Franciscan Sr Catherine White was also one of the celebrated alumnae.  The account of Catherine's contribution focussed on the six years she spent in a very isolated part of Papua New Guinea in her early years as a member of the Order.  In her account of her time in PNG Catherine made mention of the many Sisters who spent many decades there in very difficult circumstances. Since her years at Mt Alvernia Catherine has received a number of academic awards and has lived in a variety of contexts including Washington Dc, Egypt, Chicago and Bangkok. At present Catherine is the Pastoral Care Worker at St Peter's Primary School in Caboolture.

Sr Catherine remembered the kindness and openness of the Sisters at Mt Alvernia who taught her when she was at school.  Sr Pauline Robinson, congregational leader, was present at the launch of the book, along with past staff of Mt Alvernia Srs Clara Condon; Josephine Rush, Patricia Treacy and Margaret Costello. Also present, and mentioned by a number of alumnae was our Associate Memmber Noela Blackmore.