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Stalwart of CCJP and human trafficking remembered

Posted 3 Jul 2019 07:00PM

A regular member of CCJP Sr Kathleen Dowse rsm recently died and we offer our condolences to her family and members of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

By any measure Sr Kathleen was a remarkable woman. Sisters remember her as a gentle, kind, woman of calm, natural dignity; a woman of grace and wisdom; intelligent, strong and articulate, a deep spiritual searcher; eminently dependable; welcoming and caring.

Kathleen had a ready way of relating to people in every situation but she had always shown an enormous respect for the dignity of the poor and the least.

Kath made herself available for years to work with sisters in new projects supporting migrants, refugees and the unemployed: She gained qualifications to teach English and adult numeracy to people of non-English speaking background and volunteered as a home tutor.

In the Year of Mercy, 2016, Kathleen formed a group of parishioners to take part in the International Mercy Reflection Process. Her group chose to focus on the very contemporary problem of Human Trafficking. Kath was able to draw on her connections with the NSW Police Force through her nephew to give the group a first-hand briefing on the problem.

Kath took every opportunity to attend information meetings to keep her mind alert to social justice issues of the day. She also wrote to politicians to urge change of policies which were seen as unjust. Even in the last week of her life in hospital, Kath asked Margaret Hinchey rsm and member of CCJP Working Party to pen a letter on her behalf to the Minister for Health advocating for an increase in nursing staffing levels.  That was done and gained a response even before Kath’s’ funeral!

May she rest in peace.

TO LEARN MORE about the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) click HERE

DID YOU KNOW THAT 30 July is International Day against Trafficking in Persons? Click HERE for ACRATH suggested actions