Catholic social justice advocates prominent in honours list

The Adelaide archdiocese's Vicar-General Msgr David Cappo, Melbourne Jesuit Fr Peter Norden and several Vinnies workers, including Loreto Sister Toni Matha, were among the prominent Catholics cited in this year's Australia Day Honours.

Mgsr Cappo was honoured for service to social justice, health and the Catholic Church and to the South Australian community as chairman of the state government's Social Inclusion Board.

Fr Norden's citation commends his service to community development through social research and programs to help marginalised young people and offenders, to the mental health sector and to the Church.

Fr Peter Norden, who is parish priest of St Ignatius Church, Richmond in inner Melbourne, and founder of the Jesuit Social Services, was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

He told reporters that he is surprised because much of his public policy work has involved criticising government.

"This is an encouragement to keep at it," he said.

Australian National University law professor, Hilary Charlesworth was honoured for her service to international and human rights law through professional and supporting roles in academia, legal organisations, and government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas.

Loreto Sr Toni Matha of Toorak, Victoria, was one of a number mentioned for her service with and through the Society of St Vincent de Paul. According to a statement from her order, Sr Matha "was instrumental in changing the profile of catholic social welfare in Melbourne".

Ronald Arthur Jay of Tugun on Queensland's Gold Coast and Alfred John Kirby of Annandale in inner Sydney were also honoured for their work with Vinnies.

Other NSW Catholics in the list included St Joseph's College Drummoyne, head, Br Paul Ignatius Hough, Josephine Quinn of Earlwood, Sr Monica McNamara of Sans Souci and Kath McCormack of Centacare Wollongong.

Victorian Catholics included Sr Clare Agnes McShee of Melbourne and John Date, Armadale while Adelaide Knight of the Southern Cross, David Lloyd.

Queensland figures included Theresa Margaret Creagh of Kangaroo Point, Fr Timothy Norris of Geebung and Allan Quartermaine of Mooloolaba.

Also honoured from South Australia was Fr Michael Trainor.

Australia Day honours - honouring the achievers (Sydney Morning Herald, 26/1/07)
Camplin joins priest, judge on honours list (ABC News, 26/1/07)
Flannery is Australian of the Year (The Age, 26/1/07)
Loreto (Media Release, 25/1/07)

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