Our commitment in the Townsville Diocese includes a very significant and challenging Ministry on Palm Island. The Island’s population includes a relatively high concentration of Australia’s Indigenous people. Many of today’s community members are descendants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders formerly relocated from the mainland to the Island.
On Palm Island we are called to serve in diverse pastoral ministries which include making connections with women who visit the Women’s Shelter and Rehabilitation Centre; spending time with them whenever they want to chat; accepting and committing to a leading role in Parish Services, often conducting funerals and baptisms; and Liturgical Services as well as preparing the children for the Sacraments. Within the school community, one Sister has been appointed as St Michael’s School Chaplain.
- creating a comfortable relationship with people wherever they are
- listening to and respecting their ways which are very new to us.
Our Community is both drawn to, and challenged by, living and ministering on Palm Island. Our experiences bring us into a very different way of life, new to any we have ever known before. The greatest calls have been to be flexible, to adjust to Island time, and to be ready to learn the ways of the local Indigenous people.