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The Southern Cross : November 2011
Page 20 November 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | obituary Crossword No. 126 Solution on page 22. Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert Phone (08) 8223 5879 All the time ... ... Every day 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. Signature Service ... since 1867 Proprietor and Manager B Siebert Dedicated to Faith- centred Funerals The youngest of nine children, Carmel Ryan was born in Dookie, near Shepparton in Victoria and at five years moved to Junee where the family ran a property called Carinya. Her schooling was at Bethungra, a few miles down the road from the property where her brothers used to help her onto the train at the rail siding, pushing her up onto the carriage because there was no platform. With four sisters married and one in the convent, she was a great help to her mother looking after the men in the family and playing the important role as her father's gate opener on the property. Carmel joined the Good Shepherd Sisters in 1944, making her first profession on October 17 1946. As a young sister, Carmel worked in various sections of the laundries in Abbotsford, Adelaide and Brisbane. Carmel was appointed as community leader to the contemplative sisters in Oakleigh from 1976-78 where she is remembered for her thoughtfulness. In the 1980s Carmel was based in Ashfield, Sydney, where in the role of support person to both sisters and women in care, she continually exercised compassion and kindness. She fulfilled many roles -- group mother to the teenage girls, cottage mother to women with intellectual disabilities, sewing and craft instructor, community leader, prison visitor and friend to many. She always kept in touch with former Good Shepherd residents. From 1990 Carmel was community leader in Plympton, Adelaide, a community renowned for its openness and readiness to embrace change, for its hospitality and involvement in the local parish, Adelaide archdiocese and wider community. In April 2007 Carmel was featured in The Big Issue magazine as one of Australia's "beautiful people". She received three certificates of appreciation from the SA Department for Correctional Services, the latest being in 2007 for "15 years of Meritorious Service as a Departmental Volunteer". A year later she received a Team Excellence Award from the same department for being part of the Edwardstown Special Needs Program: "Sister Carmel has established a great rapport with clients, who average 14 a day...I witness daily her numerous qualities, particularly in the area of human relations, where she has established an infinite understanding of the clients where she is always available and willing to advise and assist them in their many and varied concerns...." When asked about what motivated her to visit the Women's Prison, Carmel said: "I trust and pray that my witness there may be a witness to the power and love of the Good Shepherd. What has impressed me most about the girls is their gentleness, respect, co-operation and their care and concern for each other." Carmel was much loved by her nieces and nephews who visited her often in Adelaide and enjoyed her sense of humour. They marvelled at her involvement in the parish, her care for relatives of some of the women who were in her care years before and her visits to the hospital and the gaol. One of the biggest challenges Carmel was asked to face was to relocate to the Abbotsford community. Despite her fragility, her long years at the coal face, Carmel continued to be a practical, caring, salt of the earth, no nonsense, zealous woman who was not looking to "hang up her boots". As she had hoped, Carmel truly was a witness to the love and power of the Good Shepherd. 1 234 5678 91 0 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 ACROSS 1. Sudoku, crossword or recent Melbourne Cup winner. (5,6) 9. Zero. 10. River in Congo (Zaire) flowing into the Oubangui (Ubangi). 11. Telegraphic transfer (abbr.) 12. Fit for; suitably qualified; talented. 14. 1970s Melbourne Cup winner. 17. Ejects, overthrows. 19. Letter; mild expression of surprise. 20. A dusk chime of 1950s Melbourne Cup winner. (7,4) 23. Genetic building blocks (abbr.) 24. Fire; flare up. 27. One gliding over snow, ice or water. 29. Italian city with a noteworthy campanile. 31. Preposition. 32. Chief; water conduit. 34. Pig. 36. Medieval "baddie" or 1980s Melbourne Cup. (5,6) DOWN 1. Cope, administrate. 2. Preposition. 3. Three-toed sloth. 4. Spanish brothers and musicians active in northern Europe late 1700s. 5. South African or 1880s Melbourne Cup winner. 6. American last letters. 7. Laws (abbr.) 8. Slippery fish. 11. Dainty, coy. 13. Large deer or popular percussion instruments. 15. Take delight; make merry. 16. Sounds. 18. Anglo-Saxon minor noble. 21. Revise for publication. 22. Lasso. 24. Explosive device. 25. Pacific Capital. 26. Metal. 28. New Zealand bird or 1980s Melbourne Cup winner. 30. Enquire. 33. Aluminium (chem. symb.) 35. Preposition. A Good Shepherd to the end Sr Carmel Ryan rgs Born February 10, 1922 Died August 5, 2011 How will you spend this Christmas? Nearly 4 out of 5 Australians would be happy with a donation to charity instead of a gift. Donate now to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal and help support over 500,000 people this season. Call 13 18 12 or visit vinnies.org.au