I chose Poppa, our great grandfather because Poppa was the father of 2, grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 18. Born in 1916, he died 3 months short off a century. He joined the military police during the 2nd World War. After, he was a district inspector for the Melbourne Tramways for over 40 years. He and Nana moved to Rye when he retired – he LOVED the ocean! He cared for Nan until she died at 73. For the next 26 years he lived independently, volunteered for the blind association for 10 years, gave up a 60yr smoking habit and sat for hours on the beach with friends each day. He was very active in his care home up until his last week. His warm heart, caring ways, cheeky manner and great humour ensured he was loved by and loved many people during his life.
by: Maureen Taffe
I choose my wife Pamela Hegarty.We were both widowed and met through a mutual friend.I was a non-practicing catholic and we were married by a civil celebrant.Pam had a strong feeling for the catholic faith and encouraged me to attend Mass and came with me.When on holiday in Queensland the priest spoke about the RCIA programme. Later that day Pam said going to Mass and not receiving communion was not enough and she wanted to become a catholic.
On our return home Pam contacted Father Allan Mithen at Holy Spirit and arranged to attend the RCIA meetings.I attended every meeting with her in addition to making an appointment with Father Mithen to make my peace with God.Pam was accepted into the church at the Easter Vigil at Holy Spirit on 19th April 2003.On our 17th wedding anniversary we renewed our marriage vows at Holy Spirit.
Pam has been a communion minister, taken communion to the sick at home and in hospital and we conducted Lenten meetings at our home for a number of years.
by: Starly Pote
I chose Louise Hinds because during her 76 years of life, Louise quietly and humbly came to the rescue of so many acquaintances, friends and family.She was a warm haven to anyone in need.One-on-one Louise eased people through grief, loneliness, fear and practical needs.
Her vocation in life was to serve others.
by: Thomas Rees
I chose my Pop because I think he is a merciful person because he is always willing to help others and their needs above his own!He is kind, generous and a compassionate human being.
by: Jacob Kingston
Sr. Margaret Purchase
My Great Grandma Doris Holmes, is a very special person who represents the “Face of Mercy” for me. She is a model of love, compassion and inspires me in many ways. She is the oldest in my family being 94 years old and I love her so much and I am so lucky to still have her.She inspires me by being able to live for this long and is still driving and telling me what to do. I love touching her hair which she hates as she gets it done at the hairdressers before she sees us. She is funny and tells us great jokes even when she laughs all the way through it.
by: Maryann Street
We chose Ethel because she was a loving, caring and compassionate woman to family and beyond.In humble, unassuming and practical ways, Ethel supported people suffering from mental illness, depression and disabilities.She cared for the poor, Aboriginal community, and orphans.She had an incredible sense of justice.Ethel lived the words, “To know all is to forgive all”.Her life has inspired successive generations.
by: Alexandra Quinn
I chose Aunty Kathleen because she shows mercy and has always been a special person in my life.She is always kind and caring and gives me advice when I need it.She is generous with her time, taking me on train trips and outings.She shares with me her faith passed on by her mother, who is my grandmother.
by: Emily Woodhams
I chose my grandmother Rita who had thirteen daughters and was the matriarch of our family.She was a faith-filled person, loving, kind, fun to be with and full of wisdom.
Like Grandma, Aunty Margaret, a Mercy Sister, guided me through difficult times.
by: Emily Woodhams
The Good Samaritan
I chose my mother because my mother was a very simple woman.All the values we have today; love, forgiveness, sharing and kindness are because of her teachings.
Most of all she taught us “how to pray”.She loved Jesus, and she taught us to believe and follow him.
Fr. Eugene San
I chose my mum Suzie because she always puts everyone else’s needs in front of her own. The most significant example is when she hid her diagnosis of breast cancer from us during my wedding time, till I was back from my honeymoon. She did not want to ruin my special day. Thank you mum - my role model.We love you.
by: Karen McQuade
Fr. Eugene San
I chose Anna because she inspired us all be to humble and merciful to everyone.She brought out the best in people fortunate to come into contact with her.She found a reason to make you smile when you were down.Anna never had a bad word to say about anyone.She graciously shared her love with everyone.
by: The Volombello Family
I chose my parents because they were wonderful parents to us 5 children.Each of us had difficulties as we went along.Frank and June supported us financially and emotionally.We were always held in their love, and they showed that love openly.We hold their memory with love, gratitude and honour.
by: Tori and the Stone Family