Wednesday, January 26, 2011



At least 31 Catholics received recognition for service - to fellow citizens and internationally - by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on Australia Day 2011 Honours List, according to a media release.

Among those named on the list include legal professionals, teachers, volunteers, religious sisters, priests and others.

The seven recipients of the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia include:

Sister Mary Teresa Lawson, from Yeerongpilly (Qld), for service to education and to the Catholic Church of Australia, particularly through roles supporting children with a hearing impairment and their families.

Margaret Claire Piper,
from Lilyfield, in Sydney, for service to the community through leadership and advocacy roles assisting refugees and asylum seekers.
Mr David Joseph Crossin OBE,
from Barton ACT, for service to the law through executive roles with legal professional associations, and to the community, particularly aged care support services.

Recipients of the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia include:

Sister Mary Gemma Burke from the Sisters of Mercy Gunnedah congregation, who says her initial thought was to refuse the award, the ABC reports. "Well, I couldn't see why I was getting it when I was doing a lot of things that everybody else did," she said.

Mr James Anthony Killen, from Brighton, in Melbourne, for service to the community, particularly to St Vincent's Health Australia. Mr Killen was National Director/Chairman, St Vincent’s Health Australia, 2003-2009.

The list of Catholic recipients - which may not be exhaustive - can be found in the document linked below. If you know of someone whose name is not mentioned in this list, please share their stories with us through the comments section.

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