The Southern Cross : September 2012
Page 16 September 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news With a background in teaching and school chaplaincy, a Masters Degree in counselling and leadership roles with her Mercy congregation, Sr Marie Ralph RSM is well-equipped to take on her new position as Delegate for Religious in the Adelaide Archdiocese. The Mercy sister was appointed by Archbishop Philip Wilson and began her three-year term in July, following the retirement of Sr Ruth Egar RSM. Born in the New South Wales outback mining town of Broken Hill, Sr Marie (pictured right) recalls a childhood influenced by religious women. She was taught exclusively by Sisters of Mercy and has a deep respect for their genuine concern for all students. “I always saw the nuns as happy and fun-loving and I was influenced by their obvious deep spirituality,” she said. In 1962 Sr Marie entered the Wilcannia-Forbes Sisters of Mercy Novitiate in Parkes, New South Wales. After Profession, she completed a Science degree and taught Physics, Maths and Religion in Broken Hill for 12 years. She was then appointed as Superior of the Condobolin Convent of Mercy, in NSW, and principal of St Joseph’s School. Her next appointment was to the Marist/Mercy College in Forbes where she was deputy pincipal for eight years before coming to Adelaide in 1996 to be nearer her ageing mother. In Adelaide, after completing a Masters Degree in counselling, Sr Marie joined the staff of Sacred Heart College Middle School. She finished her role there as Chaplain when she was elected Leader of her Mercy Congregation. Last year was a significant year for the Sisters of Mercy of Wilcannia-Forbes as they prepared for their merger with 14 other Mercy congregations (including the Adelaide congregation),on December 12, into the new Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Sr Marie said she was grateful for the extra time she was able to spend with her Sisters, naming 2011 as “a year of grace, a year of sharing deeply in the Sisters’ lives and being inspired by them”. Reflecting on Religious life, Sr Marie said: “I think our role as religious is to be faithful followers of Jesus, allowing ourselves to be led into the mystery of God’s personal, steadfast, and unconditional love, and joining in the mission of the Church, especially working for those marginalised by society.” Sr Marie added that Archbishop Wilson was very appreciative of all the religious in the archdiocese, and sought to support them in any way he could. She said her role was to assist the Archbishop in his pastoral care of Adelaide’s 400 religious men and women, members of 40 different orders. New role for Sr Marie Inner Adelaide’s first Chapel Mausoleum The Chapel of the Holy Family, Payneham Features include: Contact: Anthony Farrugia Te l : (08) 8182 5000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office & Mausoleum: 16 Second Avenue Payneham South SA 5070 *Conditions Apply 1300 906 456 Free digital hearing aids supplied to Pensioners and Veterans.* Private and workers compensation clients are our speciality. Private Health fund rebates apply. We provide FREE hearing services and hearing aids to eligible clients of the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.* Consulting at over 60 clinics www.digitalhearing.com.au SAINTLY CELEBRATIONS: Admired for her devotion to the vulnerable, poor, voiceless as well as for her groundbreaking work as an educator and founder of schools, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop has become an inspiration and role model for people from all walks of life. Although her death occurred more than a century ago she continues to inspire men, women and children alike. More than 1600 students, including Tenison Woods College student Jack Latham (left), Mary MacKillop Memorial School’s, Mason Moulton (centre) and St Anthony Catholic Primary School’s Angas Patterson (right), joined together to take part in the region’s first ever combined regional Mass to celebrate her feast day last month. CARING FOR ELDERLY: Students from the Social Justice Group of Our Lady of Hope school at Greenwith recently visited residents of the Viceroy Residential Care at Golden Grove. The students sang, shared their school experiences and school photos with the residents and also made morning tea to share.