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Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle www.mn.catholic.org.au
MORE THAN AN EDUCATION
Mgr Coolahan Award winner Barbara Mansfield and Bishop Bill Wright. Photo
courtesy of Liam Beckett.
BY TRACEY EDSTEIN
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Adamstown 4957 0237
Belmont 4945 9022
Beresfield 4966 5277
Toronto 4959 3600
Catholic schools are embedded within
the parish and in turn, parishes live within
wider communities. Barbar a Mansfield of
Gloucester embodies this under standing.
Barbar a has held the position of School
Officer, Administr ation, at St Joseph's
Primary, Gloucester, for 39 year s!
Her generosity of spirit was r ecognised
at the "Called to Ser ve" Mass at Sacred
Hear t Cathedral. Barbar a received from
Bishop Bill Wright, witnessed by Director
of Schools Ray Collins, a Monsignor
Coolahan Award for School Suppor t.
The citation read in par t, "Barbar a has
worked with many principals and parish
priests....As a resident of Gloucester and
an active parish member since 1966, she
has developed relationships with many
families and community groups. She ha s
been a longstanding member of the Parish
Pastoral and Finance Councils....She co-
ordinates music for the weekend Masses.
She fulfils many ministries, including funer al
ministr y, and is a regular visitor to the
elderly within the community. Barbar a's
dedication to the school and parish has
been, and continues to be, of the highest
The annual Mass is an oppor tunity
for member s of school and parish
communities to come together to
celebr ate their ministries and to
acknowledge significant achievements.
Other recipients of the 2013 Monsignor
Coolahan Awards are :
For school suppor t: Annette Hamilton
of St Pius X High School, Adamstown;
Peter Charnock of St Dominic's Centre
for Hearing Impair ed Children, Mayfield;
Margaret Gr zanka of St Mar y's Campus,
All Saints College, Maitland.
For leadership: Linden Jones-Dr zyzga,
principal of St Mary's Primar y, War ners
For innovation : Peter Gabrysiak of St Pius
X High School, Adamstown.
For excellence in fir st five year s of
teaching: Rebecca Heath of St Peter's
Campus, All Saints College, Maitland.
For excellence in teaching: Cate Ander son
of St Michael's Primary, Nelson Bay and
David Pitfield of St Pius X High School,
For community: St Columban's Primar y
Commissioning the teacher s pr esent,
Bishop Bill asked:
Will you ser ve those with whom you
journey with intelligence and imagination,
sensitivity and love, sharing, discovering,
working and lear ning together, and relying
on God's grace in all that you do?
That's not a bad summar y of what happens
in Catholic schools, every day.
For a gallery of photos of the Called
to Serve Mass, please visit w w w.
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