On 10 February 2015, the annual "Called to Serve" Mass was hosted by the Catholic Schools Office at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. Led by Bishop Bill Wright, the celebration acknowledges 25 years of service to Catholic education and recognises various individuals' achievements in education, by presenting them with a Monsignor Frank Coolahan Award.
The Mass was attended by teachers, support staff, Catholic Schools Office representatives, their families and a number of priests from across the diocese. Following the presentation of awards, attendees were invited to supper within the Cathedral grounds. Director of Schools Ray Collins, in his weekly message, commented that "the largest congregation in my 18 years of attending this Mass filled Sacred Heart Cathedral to overflowing."
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Monsignor Frank Coolahan awards:
Awards for School Support
- Sue Hawke – St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar.
- Helen O’Donohue - St Pius X High School, Adamstown.
- Leah Shakespeare - Holy Spirit Infants School, Abermain.
- Sharon Macfarlane-Brooker - St Paul’s Primary School, Rutherford.
Award for Leadership
- Mark Mowbray - Principal St Joseph’s Primary School, Taree.
Awards for Innovation
- Shane Abell - St Mary’s High School, Gateshead.
Award for First Five Years of Teaching
Alana Clement - St Joseph’s Primary School, Dungog.
Awards for Excellence in Teaching
- Margaret Rabbitt – Holy Family Primary School, Merewether Beach.
- Christine Chapple - formerly St Mary’s, Maitland now Education Officer at the Catholic Schools Office.
Award for Community
- Rosary Park Primary School, Branxton.