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Sisters Graduate in Papua New Guinea

The graduands with Kathleen Williams RSM and Maureen Sexton RSM : Back row – Kathleen Williams RSM (Second from the left), Mathilda Paro RSM (Third from the left) and Maureen Sexton RSM (Far right) Middle Row – Emma Awehi RSM
(Second from the left), Philomena Waira RSM (Sixth from the left), Rachael Waisman RSM (Third from the right) Front Row – Doreen Mainick RSM (Middle)


On Sunday, March 15, nineteen Religious Sisters of Papua New Guinea graduated with a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry.


The Mercy graduates were: Philomena Waira RSM, Rachael Waisman RSM, Emma Awehi RSM, Mathilda Paro RSM and Doreen Mainick RSM.


They were joined by Sisters of seven other orders, many of whom represented both their family and order as the first member to achieve a university award.


Graduation at the Divine Word University in Madang is a very special occasion.


A crowd of thousands stood patiently in the humidity during the four-hour ceremony with a real sense of support and pride.


Many people, including our students, travelled for days to celebrate with music and colour.


The sisters were delighted to be a part of the wider DWU community and to be recognised by some of their local parishioners and bishops who were present.


Everyone is welcome to enjoy photos from the weekend in an online slideshow, where you can also discover the developments of the Program in Theology:


Philomena Waira RSM (front) with Joy John FSM


Maureen Sexton RSM, Cecilia Nembou, Kathleen Williams RSM and A/Prof Miriam Dlugosz with the MOA


In further good news the Institute, through the Program in Theology, has extended its partnership with DWU for a further five years.


The Memorandum of Agreement was signed after the graduation ceremony by Professor Cecilia Nembou, President of DWU; Assoc. Prof Miriam Dlugosz, Dean of the Faculty; Dr Kathleen Williams, Program Manager; and Maureen Sexton, Chair of Catherine McAuley Services Limited Board which authorises the Program in Theology.


Elissa Roper
Program of Theology in PNG & SI
Co-ordinator & Assistant to the Manager

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