St Joseph's Parish, Gilgandra celebrates Sr Robyn's Diamond Jubilee
Sr Robyn McNamara loves to bring people together to celebrate. On 30th June many Gilgandra parishioners and guests gathered with her, her family and Sisters of St Joseph to celebrate Sr Robyn’s Diamond Jubilee. Robyn’s many and varied ministries were revisited (Education, PNG, Kimberley, Adult faith formation, parish ministry and others) but the Gilgandra people love her for her involvement in their contemporary lives. Members of the Gilgandra Parish went to no end of trouble decorating the Church, preparing a fitting Sunday Liturgy and organising for a delightful dinner get together. It was truly a time for the local community to celebrate together.
Known Australia wide - due to Macca’s ‘Australia All Over’ - Robyn and other Gilgandra locals are called the ‘drought angels’ as they bring together city and country people to help assist the local community suffering through the devastating drought.
Fathers Pat Ruane and Martin O’Mahoney concelebrated Mass with the Parish of St Jospeh's and welcomed visitors from other faiths. The liturgy, singing, children involvement, Sisters of St Joseph and family participation made for a happy beginning to the day. Following Mass, Robyn was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from parishioners and the children gave her a personalised card signed by all the pupils at St Joseph’s School.
Dinner at the Services Club later was a real community event when Robyn and guests were joined by Fr Greg Kennedy. Parish Priest of Dubbo, and Fr Francis Muhenda, Assistant Priest, Dubbo. People from the local community, the parish and ecumenical group spoke in glowing terms of Robyn’s enthusiasm, commitment and generosity, her caring and friendly relationships with all in the parish and town community. Congratulations Sr Robyn!