South A Community Welcomes Moira Truelson rsm
Moira Truelson rsm has been commissioned and welcomed as the new Community Leader of South A.
More than forty Sisters joined Moira; new Institute Leader, Eveline Crotty rsm; outgoing Institute Councillor, Barbara Bolster rsm; and, outgoing Community Leader, Marie Duffy rsm for the December 6 ceremony held in Perth and was livestreamed on the Institute website. It followed a welcome event hosted by the Sisters in Adelaide on November 26.
The Perth ceremony included a poignant reading from Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God, and God will make straight your paths. Those gathered, both in Northbridge and participating from afar, were then asked to pray for Moira so that ‘the gift of leadership awakening in you as vocation, keep you mindful of the Providence that calls you to serve’. As high over the mountains the eagle spreads it wings, may your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills. When the way is flat and dull in times of grey endurance, may your imagination continue to evoke horizons….May your work be infused with passion and creativity and may you have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge’.
Appropriately, the ceremony ended with a rousing version of David Haas’ ‘We are Called’, a reminder of the common call to be gospel people and the special call of leadership to which Moira has selflessly responded with a resounding ‘yes’.
Of her new role, Moira says, “the choice for my coming to South A was accepted with a peaceful heart. The Chapter was instrumental in my decision. My response was based on the fact that we are one Institute and the question being asked was ‘Who are we becoming by the grace of God?’.”
The South A Community is one of six within the Institute.
Watch the December 6 Perth Ceremony by pressing the arrow below:
In reflecting on her new position, Moira shares some of her journey so far:
My home town is Rockhampton. I was educated in Mercy schools and then went to Teacher’s College in Brisbane. After teaching in the State system I joined the Mercy Sisters and continued teaching in Primary school for some years. I transitioned to secondary teaching and taught in Gladstone, Rockhampton or Mackay, while studying externally at the Queensland University to gain my Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Theology.
I was given the opportunity to study in America at the school of Applied Theology in Berkeley. On my return, I worked across the Diocese in Pastoral Formation of the laity. The course was run by the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. While there were formal workshops and assignments, one of the best outcomes was the opportunity to take time to visit outlying areas where I could give support to women in rural areas. This offered me another opportunity which has been dear to my heart and that was connecting with the Indigenous people in the west. I had already been with the coastal people where we organised exhibitions of their art.
I was a member of the Leadership team in the early 80”s and was elected leader in 2001. The focus of my time in leadership was the sisters who were struggling to come to terms with the abuse at Neerkol. Calling them together for a meal every two or three months was the framework for having them renew their relationships with each other. This was a stressful time for all but over time there was a change which brought about a renewal of their care for each other. We knew when it was time to stop the gatherings because they didn’t want to stop chatting.
During my time as Leader we worked on the separate incorporation of our ministries. This grew to include the four communities in Queensland. Mercy Partners was formed and now holds the Governance for most of the Mercy ministries in Queensland as well as the Presentation schools and one school owned by the Franciscans. My deepest gratitude goes to Sr Berneice Loch whom I asked to look into existing PJP’s. Berneice carried on this work when she was elected Leader.
I was asked at that stage to visit Pakistan to assess whether the sisters should return home. This took several visits until the ministries were handed on to local people. On returning home I worked with Centacare as a support person for staff throughout the Diocese. Prior to being asked to move to South A, I was part of the Support Team for the sisters and also was the spiritual advisor for the St Vincent de Paul society in Rockhampton.
The choice for my coming to South A was accepted with a peaceful heart. The Chapter was instrumental in my decision. My response was based on the fact that we are one Institute and the question being asked was “Who are we becoming by the grace of God”.
Adelaide Sisters Welcoming Moira on November 26:
Mater Dei Church on Saturday November 25, an out-going and in-coming blessing by the parish priest, Fr Maurice Shinnick (photo by Barbara Broad rsm) for Marie Duffy rsm and Moira Truelson rsm:
Messages to: Moira Truelson rsm, Community Leader South A
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