2018 Magdalene Award recipient announced

Claire McWilliam of Toronto is the 2018 recipient of the Magdalene Award.

The award was instituted by the diocesan contact group of the Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) to recognise a woman who is an active member of her parish community and has made a positive contribution within the diocese to one or more of the areas of decision-making, leadership, active service and lay pastoral ministry.

Inaugural recipient of the Magdalene Award, Margo Nancarrow, announced this year’s awardee at the annual International Women’s Day diocesan event on Sunday. Claire was one of 13 nominees.

Afterwards, Claire said, “I don’t do the things I do to be recognised but it was an honour to receive this award in front of other inspiring women from the diocese. With grace, compassion and a peaceful nature, we have the abilities and opportunities to support each other and our church.”

Claire’s contributions have ranged across liturgy, ministry to young people, participation in Australian Catholic Youth Festivals, Caritas, Catholic Mission and more!

Learn more in the April edition of Aurora, out on 7 April.

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Tracey Edstein

Tracey Edstein is the former editor of Aurora Magazine, the official magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.