Sisters of Mercy esteem endures
By EMMA CORNFORD
THE candle passed to Sue McKimm at the Sisters of Mercy Chapel in Grafton on Sunday was more than just a flame.
It was a ritual process, handing her the authority and leadership of director of the St Joseph's Cowper Children's Homes ? the first lay person to hold the position.
"I'm really honoured but very humbled because of the history of the homes and the wonderful work they do," Mrs McKimm said.
Mrs McKimm has been involved with the homes for years as a psychologist with Catholic Education. She has been a board member for the past two years.
A practising Catholic, Mrs McKimm said the position was about keeping the values of the Sisters of Mercy alive at the homes.
"This isn't about religion, it's about keeping the ethos of the sisters ... which is more about the values of caring and compassion which they've imbedded here," she said.
"Naturally because I come with different skills and talents there will be some changes but I say that with respect to the fact that the sisters have done a brilliant job and (former director) Sister Bolster has left it in a wonderful working state. I'm not here to go through the place with a fine-tooth comb."