Sister pulls up pegs for journey
SISTER Denise Laverty likes to quote an old Hebrew proverb to her parishioners on the Lower Clarence: “Don’t hammer your tent pegs in just too deep, we are moving on in the morning”.
She says we are all pilgrims on a journey, and for Sister Denise that journey takes a new turn tomorrow as she departs the Lower Clarence after seven years.
The popular nun has been in the Clarence Valley for the past 17 years – 10 of those working with inmates of the Grafton jail.
She said yesterday she would leave the area with a tinge of sadness and would miss the friendliness of the people of the Lower Clarence.
“I have found it rewarding and challenging, but being with people in the development of their faith is a wonderful place to be,” Sister Laverty said.
She said she was taking something of a step into the unknown but welcomed the opportunity for further professional development.
Sister Laverty is well known in the Valley for her keen sense of humour and her ability to supply delicious meals.
Last Sunday, members of her congregation said they had been blessed by her service.
“She has enabled, encouraged and engaged so many parishioners, and all those who offered themselves to serve God, in an understanding of what it means to be church,” the congregation was told.
“She visited and faithfully cared for the sick, the dying and their families and organised a special liturgy for All Soul’s Day, so that all those buried with a Requiem Mass could receive those blessings on their anniversary.”