From The Principal – Farewell Sister Marg
Santa Maria College was established in 1938 by the Sisters of Mercy, and for 80 years we have been blessed with having Sisters on staff as principals, teachers and boarding staff. Today marks a very significant and sad day in the history of the College as Sister Marg Lipsett our only remaining Sister of Mercy on staff retires.
Sister Marg commenced in our Boarding Community in 2001 as a Housemother in Ursula House caring for our boarders, before becoming a pastoral assistant in the College community providing support for staff, students, and families. Sister Marg has shared many stories, laughter and wise words with our staff and students during her 17 years at the College.
Sister Marg was born in Perth, the third of four children and attended St Joachim’s, now called Ursula Frayne College. From her first day of school as a six-year-old seeing the nuns, she dreamed of becoming a nun. Sister Marg joined the convent at Mercedes College at 16 years of age and was professed as a Sister of Mercy at age 19. She has dedicated over 60 years of her life as a Sister of Mercy. In Sister Marg’s words “She has always been grateful for the life she’s had and the vocation she chose”.
Sister Marg is a woman who strongly reflects our mercy values of service, justice, and compassion. She spent many years as a teacher including time as Principal at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Harvey and as a teacher in schools in Belmont, Redcliffe, and Kalgoorlie. Teaching has given her much joy in her life. Sister Marg is not afraid to speak her mind and will often ask the hard questions that others avoid!
Sister Marg’s presence at the College has been a gift to the College community, and her contributions are valued by many. We wish Sister Marg well and hope she enjoys time to relax and as Catherine McAuley would say, time to enjoy “a good cup of tea”.
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