Football, mission and education win honours

Former AFL champion Jim Stynes, Pakistan missionary Sr Eileen Daffy and Victorian educationist Susan Pascoe were among Catholics honoured in yesterday's Queen's Birthday list.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Sr Daffy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to education through leadership and development roles in Catholic secondary schools in Australia and Pakistan, and to the community through Caritas Pakistan.

Sr Daffy told the paper that in "a moment of weakness" in 1995, she accepted an invitation to look at prospects for carrying on the Catholic education work in Pakistan.

She took the job, as an educator and representative of Caritas - demanding work but not quite enough to prepare her for the horrors of October 2005, when an earthquake killed 80,000 people and left 4 million homeless.

As principal of St Mary's Academy, Rawalpindi, she found her primary school so badly damaged that it had to be demolished. The human cost was appalling, and the needs of the country are likely to keep her in Pakistan for a long time to come.

Former Melbourne Catholic Education director Susan Pascoe was also among the list of Catholics honoured for their work in the education sector.

Ms Pascoe was also honoured for her work in international relations through initiatives to provide opportunities and resources for educators in the Pacific region, and to the community.

Shirley Margaret O'Sullivan, who was also honoured for her work with the Melbourne CEO, as was another Victorian, Br Henry O'Halloran.

Also honoured was Brownlow Medallist and Melbourne AFL footballer Stynes, recognised for his service to youth, particularly through the establishment and development of the Reach Foundation, and to Australian rules football as a player, coach and selector.

Lieutenant-General Peter Leahy, Chief of Army received the nation's highest honour in the Military Field. Lt-General Leahy is a former student of Aquinas College, Ringwood.

In NSW, Mary Josephine Budwee was honoured for service to the church for her work in fundraising for education as was Parkes Sr Mary Michael Fitzgerald for her service to education as a music teacher, particularly piano, violin and singing, and to the local community.

John Liston, who was instrumental in the formation of the Catholic Lumen Christi Catholic College at Pambula Beach, was also honoured.

Brisbane Sister of Mercy, Sr Regis Mary Dunn of the Brisbane Mater Jospital, received an AO for her work with pathology.

She was one of the first people in this large hospital to regard pathology as important and ran a clinic that was considered as Australia's best

Other Catholic recipients of the prestigious honour were Thora Marie Regan of the Catholic Women's League Australia, Dr Brian Lawrence Cross for his service to religious education, Carmel Rose O'Hara for her service to the Catholic parish of West Wollongong, Mercy Sister Ailsa Mary Mackinnon of North Parramatta, NSW, Dr Dawn Theresa Goodwin of Orange, NSW, and Tasmanian L'Arche worker, Robert James Henderson for his service to people with an intellectual disability.

Murray Sayle, Sister Eileen Daffy, Judith Black (Sydney Morning Herald, 13/6/07)
South-east residents share in Queen's Birthday honours (ABC News, 12/6/07)
Locals receive birthday honours (ABC News, 12/6/07)
Order of Australia (Sydney Morning Herald, 12/6/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Roman Catholics (Wikipedia)
Jim Stynes (Wikipedia)
Lt Gen. Peter Leahy (Asia Pacific Area Network)

Queen's Honour recipient says street kids are his incentive (CathNews, 13/6/06)
Catholics who were awarded Queen's Birthday Honours (CathNews, 15/6/07)


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