The Australian Jesuit Province this week awarded Companions Medals to a number of significant people in the Province. The medals recognise their outstanding contributions, often in unheralded roles, to the mission of the Society of Jesus in Australia and beyond. Thanks to each of them for sharing their time and gifts with us.
Maureen Yates was recognised for her many years of service as sacristan at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview, while her husband, John Yates, was recognised for his contribution as the car park attendant at North Sydney Parish over many years. Both were also recognised for their care of sick and elderly Jesuits. Read full citation.
Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview staff member Mark White was recognised for his work in the school, the huge MAGiS08 gathering for World Youth Day and the annual Indian Bazaar, as well as his support for Province events, such as helping to organise Gatherings at Riverview and Canisius over the years. Read full citation
Professor Maryanne Confoy RSC was recognised for her many years as a theologian at Jesuit Theological College and Boston College as well as her ongoing support for Jesuits in formation, both as pastoral director at JTC/Faber House and assisting overseas Jesuits undertaking postgraduate degrees in Australia. Read full citation
Ray and Kath Wood were recognised for their role in helping establish the Basic Eucharistic Community at Saint Ignatius’ College Athelstone campus, and enabling its functioning for over 40 years. Read full citation
Kerry James was recognised for his manifold contributions to Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview, as well as his support for Jesuit ministries and communities across Sydney, especially Loyola Senior High School Mt Druitt and Peter Canisius House Pymble. Read full citation