COORDINATOR of CatholicCare’s prison
chaplaincy, Sr Mary O’Shannassy SGS, received an unexpected honour on 6 March at CatholicCare Melbourne’s International Women’s Day evening.
Sr Mary was presented with the inaugural
Inspiring Woman award. In presenting the award, CatholicCare board member Ruth
Webber said the committee had determined that Sr Mary was someone who lived the
CatholicCare mission, was a living witness of the Church in the world through
her ministry, work and advocacy, and whose daily life was inspired by Catholic
Sr Mary said she was ‘very humbled’ by
the award.‘I accept it, not as recognition solely for myself but for the
fantastic team that I have in the chaplains who work in the prisons,’ she said.
‘I couldn’t do it without them. We together achieve a lot and we do advocate
for those least recognised in our society—the people society doesn’t want to