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We congratulate Sr. Kath Tierney on her reception of the Australia Day Honour, Officer of the Order of Australia (OA).

The Government website page It’s An Honour – Australia celebrating Australians states that: Honours help define, encourage and reinforce national aspirations, ideals and standards by identifying role models. We give honours to recognise, celebrate and say thank you to those who make a difference, those who achieve their best and those who serve others.

The citation states:

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA – Sister Kathleen Mary TIERNEY – For distinguished service to the community through roles with health, education, aged care, and social welfare organisations, and to the Catholic Church in Australia.

Service includes:

Sisters of Mercy Melbourne: Congregation Leader, 2000 – 2012.
Transition Coordinator for merger of 16 Mercy Congregations, 2011 – 2012.

Service to the Catholic Church includes:

Consultant, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, since 2014.
Board Director and Catholic Religious representative, Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry Coordinating Committee, Catholic Church in Victoria, 2011 – 2014.
Representative for Catholic Religious Victoria, Catholic Capital Grants Victoria, since 2012.
Member, Executive Committee, Catholic Religious Victoria, 2008 – 2012.
Board Member, Professional Standards Resource Group Victoria, since 2011.
Deputy Chair, Catholic Social Services Victoria, approx. 1994 – 2000.
Member of Governing Body, Archdiocese Bushfire Committee, Victoria, 2010 – 2013.
Board Member, Catholic Health Australia Sponsorship Committee, 2000 – 2005.
Board Member, Catholic Church Employers’ Standing Committee, ‘no dates’.
Board Member, Industrial Relations Advisory Committee to Bishops of Victoria – ‘for 7 years’.

Community service includes:

Chair of Members, Mackillop Family Services, since 2013 and Member since 2000.
Director, McAuley Community Services for Women, since 2013 and Member, since 2008.
Member, CatholicCare Sandhurst Advisory Board, since 2013.
Board Member, Children’s Welfare Association of Victoria, ‘no dates’.
Board Member, St Vincent de Paul Child and Family Services, Black Rock, Victoria, ‘no dates’.
Board Member, Colac Community Centre, Victoria, ‘no dates’.
Government appointed Member, Executive Committee, Barwon Region Youth Committee, approx. 1995 – 2000
Director, Mercy Family Care Centre Geelong, 1985 – 1997 and Financial Administrator, 1981 – 1985.

Service to education includes:
Consultant, Catholic Education Office, Melbourne, since 2014 and Senior Officer, Professional Conduct, Ethics and Investigations, 2012 – 2014.
Governor, Catholic College Bendigo, Mercy Education, 2000 – 2013.
Governor, Emmanuel College Warrnambool, Mercy Education, 2000 – 2012.
Member, Mercy Secondary Education (now Mercy Education), 2000 – 2012.
Member of Company, Australian Catholic University, 2000 – 2012.
Member, Steering Committee, Catholic Centre for Leadership and Learning, Catholic Archdiocese
of Melbourne, ‘no dates’
Board Member, Ministry Professional Standards Committee, Marist Schools Australia, since 2013.
Board Member, Sacred Heart College, Newtown, Victoria, ‘no dates’.

Service to social welfare includes:
Director, Rice Village Aged Care, 2000 – 2013.
Director, Mercy Health Foundation Board, since 2013.
Director, Mercy Health and Aged Care (Victoria), 2000 – 2012.
Board Member, Rice Village Limited, 2000 – 2012.
Board Member, St Vincent’s Mercy Private Hospital, 2001 – 2011.
Board Member, McAuley Ministries Ltd, since 2014.

We rejoice with Sr Kath in this recognition of her contribution to our Mercy endeavours and the wider church and community.

Link: ABC Online 26/1/2016

Messages to: Kathleen Tierney RSM