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Singleton sister receives education award

Singleton Sister of Mercy, Monica Sinclair, was one of five people from the Maitland-Newcastle diocesan community to receive a Paul Trisley Diocesan Education Award recently. The awards, sponsored and organised by the Diocesan Faith Development Council, are given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to education in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Sister Liz Callen RSM reports.

Photo: Education award recipent, Sister Monica Sinclair RSM

The Paul Trisley Diocesan Education Award was awarded to Sister Monica Sinclair RSM, and four other recipients at a ceremony on February 24, 2009.

The awards, sponsored and organised by the Diocesan Faith Development Council, are given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to education in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Monica’s long and varied contribution includes her years in secondary education; her time spent at East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila; her development of a spirituality programme for young adults in the diocese; volunteering at the Juvenile Justice Centre, and in a programme for unmarried mothers at a local Christian school.

In nominating Monica, Sister Judith Murphy RSM notes that Monica “was a foundation member of the Tension Woods Education Centre Administrative Board at Lochinvar, and at one time, was a member of the Diocesan Education Board”.

Monica has developed the Singleton Mercy Convent complex, Sacred Spaces, into a place of “spirituality, culture and hospitality” and enables the “preservation and sharing of traditional Singleton Mercy culture”.

For a number of years, she worked in the Sydney Archdiocese as a Chaplain to the University of NSW. Judith says that her connection with universities continues with both students and staff from the Conservatorium, regularly performing in Sacred Spaces, allowing students to “extend their professional education through public performances”.

Sacred Spaces’ Heritage Committee, under the guidance and encouragement of Monica, is involved in the preservation of archival materials and its architectural history.

Monica also “works with local historical groups and is a member of the Religious Properties Panel to the Heritage Council of NSW”.

Judith continues, “Her tireless work brings religious history and culture into the lives of the wider community, and as such she is a worthy recipient of the Paul Trisley Award”.

Congratulations Monica!

From: Sister Liz Callen RSM, Local Communications Facilitator, Singleton