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Newly professed Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Christine
Marie Ramada, next to Bishop Bill Wright, then Srs Maria Fe (Provincial
Superior, Philippines), Grazyna Roclawska (Provincial Superior,
Australia), Malgorzata Kozub and Flavia Slusarczyk at Our Lady of
Czestochowa Chapel, Marayong. Sr Christine is ministering in Maitland.
SEASONS OF LIFE
THE SPEAKER IS Loren Hartcher, 32,
wife of Joel, 33, and mother of George,
2, and Rose, 4 months. Joel teaches
Year 6 at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary,
Tarro, on a part time basis, so that he can
spend three days at home with George
When Loren returns to dentistry from
maternity leave, she will work three
days, with flexible hours, so that there
is always a parent at home -- or at the
park, the library, visiting grandparents
or any number of other enticing
As Loren says, "I love being a dentist, I
always wanted to do dentistry, and after
all that study I certainly couldn't imagine
not doing it.
"I love the face to face contact with people
-- I have a special interest in paediatric
dentistry, and in seeing phobics and
children with special needs -- autism for
example. I do a lot of 'show, tell, do' --
I believe in giving patients control. There's
never silence in my surgery!"
Loren worked as a dental nurse from the
age of 16, when she was a student at
St Mary's Campus, Maitland. Joel and
Loren met at St Mary's but Loren's family
moved to Sydney and they lost contact.
They reconnected at university through
Joel's path to the primary classroom
was not so straightforward. For the love
of learning, he studied Philosophy and
History at the University of Newcastle,
then detoured into retail to support the
couple while Loren completed her study.
The attraction to the classroom came
later. Joel says, "There's enormous job
satisfaction in teaching, watching children
learn and grow. I realised I wanted a
job that actually made a difference in
people's lives." In fact, when he's one on
one with his little son, Loren sometimes
has to remind Joel that "George is only 2!"
This leads Loren to acknowledge that she
and Joel have "different parenting styles",
and as she says, "That means we have to
talk about it, so there's some consistency,
but at the same time, we're allowing our
children to be raised by our strengths."
Loren's more likely to be arty and crafty
with George and Rose; Joel's keen on
soccer and other boyzone activities.
Joel says, "It's an unwritten rule that
when you're the parent at home, you do
what needs to be done -- cook, wash,
shop...whatever." He likes to stay back
after school to prepare and he can do so
knowing that Loren will have the evening
meal under control. When Loren's back
in the surgery, she won't have to think
'what's for dinner?' because Joel will be
Something that's important to both of
them is holidays; "We believe in having
that family time every year." Of course,
teaching is a career that lends itself to
holidaying, and Loren realises that she's
blessed to have very flexible conditions.
"A lot of our friends think we holiday all the
time -- and in comparison, we do! We save
for everything, and we make decisions
based on our shared values. Holidays are
a good example."
Loren and Joel are conscious that not
everyone understands the choices they
have made -- to postpone the bigger
home, the five star holiday, the newer
vehicle -- for the sake of more time and
less pressure. They feel a certain privilege
in the opportunity they have to choose
and realise that their way does not suit
everyone, but for now, as Joel says, "It
works for us."
"I wouldn't want to work full time because I don't want
to give up my precious time with my children, but
what makes me think that Joel would want to
give that up? Right now, if we could, we'd both
be at home with the children. But we need to
work to live of course..."
By TRACEY EDSTEIN
San Clemente High School Mayfield student Elizabeth
Melville receives ashes from teacher Lynette Van Zeeland on
Bernadette Parr and Doug Ashleigh, at their son Conor s
photographic exhibition, Our World Unseen, with (centre)
principal of St Francis Xavier s College, Br Hubert Williams FMS.
The exhibition continues at the Lovett Gallery until 24 March.
Poor was celebrated with Mass on 19 February. Sr Margaret Mary Birgan OLN is
shown with ministers leaving the cathedral. Photo courtesy of Miranda Cunningham.
Jayden Rohan of St
Catherine s Catholic
College, Singleton, took
part in the second
Learn Earn Legend!
Indigenous All Stars
Youth Summit on the
Gold Coast in February.
The Summit focused on
inspiring the students
to embrace educational
The new Child and Family Health Nurse Clinic ser vice at CatholicCare Taree was
opened recently. Aaliyah McIntosh is weighed, watched by Neridah Panton, Emma Mason,
Janet Ritchie, Suzanne Rowe, Candy Demos, Helga Smit, Lisa Perry, Sharon Cochrane,
Chris Gallant, Kevin McIntosh and Sarina Flissinger at CatholicCare s base in Victoria
Street. (Photo cour tesy of Scott Calvin, Manning River Times).
presence iin N
Rose, Loren, George and Joel Hartcher.
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