As many members of the broader community would have observed – in Chisholm or Cardiff, Branxton or Booragul, Lochinvar or Mount Hutton − the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, through its property staff working through schools, parishes, early education, CatholicCare and the region as a whole – is building community, literally and metaphorically.
The pastoral works of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle take place in our parishes, schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, community aged care programs and with the St Vincent de Paul Society.
As a Dominican for some 60 years, Maureen Rigby has ministered in a variety of areas, always open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit − and the congregational leader! Educated at St Columban's and San Clemente, Mayfield - both schools celebrated centenaries in 2017 − a young Maureen felt drawn to the Dominican charism. She had felt the love and care of the Sisters who taught her and wanted to extend those gifts to others.
On Sunday 28 May, the official handing over of the governance and ministry of the Tenison Woods Education Centre (TWEC) by the Sisters of St Joseph to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle took place. Many of the Sisters, friends of TWEC and members of the community participated.