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Singleton Mercy named Port Stephens Woman of the Year

After fifteen years as the Pastoral Assistant for the parish of Nelson Bay, north of Newcastle, NSW, Sister Paula Redgrove was recently named Port Stephens Woman of the Year for 2007. She was presented with the award by the outgoing member for Port Stephens, John Bartlett, in Raymond Terrace and then attended the NSW Woman of the Year ceremony at Government House, Sydney.


The award was given for her involvement in palliative nursing care, women’s counselling groups, programs with other churches and for the building of a caring team in the parish.


Sister Paula is truly a woman “for all seasons” and a much loved presence throughout the Port Stephens area. Her ready laugh and generosity of spirit (not to mention the way she can whip up a cake for a party) have made her a welcome guest at happy occasions while her compassion and understanding have comforted and strengthened those in need. Wherever she is her deep faith and her commitment to the spirit of Mercy shine through.


Though Sister Paula retired from her position in the parish at the end of last year, she is still in the parish, living and working with the people at the Salamander Haven Retirement Village.


She sums up her new life, “I still visit people and like to think my house is always open and a place of hospitality.”


From: Sister Margaret Sinclair RSM (Local Communications Facilitator, Singleton)