The pastoral works of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle take place in our parishes, schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, community aged care programs and with the St Vincent de Paul Society.
As a Dominican for some 60 years, Maureen Rigby has ministered in a variety of areas, always open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit − and the congregational leader! Educated at St Columban's and San Clemente, Mayfield - both schools celebrated centenaries in 2017 − a young Maureen felt drawn to the Dominican charism. She had felt the love and care of the Sisters who taught her and wanted to extend those gifts to others.
On Sunday 28 May, the official handing over of the governance and ministry of the Tenison Woods Education Centre (TWEC) by the Sisters of St Joseph to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle took place. Many of the Sisters, friends of TWEC and members of the community participated.
“Christians see themselves handing on the faith of previous generations to the following generation, and so faithful to it in that way, but always open to what is new. I heard somebody contrasting the lazy tradition that simply repeats what’s said previously to the real tradition that brings the faith to life for a new generation, grasps the very heart of it and hands it on and brings it to life. And that’s what tradition most deeply is. It’s not simply a bland repetition.”