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Sisters of Mercy

Farewell to our Sisters of Mercy

Chris Comeau —

Roncalli succeeds because we stand on the shoulders of giants

From Mr Comeau's Prizegivng address:

I would like to acknowledge the Sisters of Mercy represented tonight by Sr Diana Thomas and Sr Lorraine Thomas who will be moving to their Christchurch community after having a presence at this College for the past 84 years. 

It was in 1936 that the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Timaru and reopened the convent, formerly occupied by the Sacred Heart Sisters, on the site of our current rugby field. In 1969, Sacred Heat Girls’ College changed its name to Mercy College. 

The sisters of Mercy were called the ‘walking nuns’ because of their commitment to serving those in the communities where they lived. We will certainly miss their quiet presence but are committed to upholding their legacy and charism. 

On behalf of all of us gathered her tonight, I thank you for your long-standing service and commitment to Catholic education. If Roncalli succeeds as a school it is because we stand on the shoulders of giants.

Sister Lorraine & Sister Diana Thomas — Image by: Kim Wheeler