As we can read in this month’s The Portal magazine, the Catholic Women of the Year in the UK have been announced and will be honoured at the 48th Catholic Women of the Year Luncheon on Friday 28th October at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London.
Four women have been chosen this year, and for the second time there is an Ordinariate presence among them (you will recollect that we reported in 2014 that the wives of Ordinariate clergy had been similarly honoured).
This year’s laureates are:
- Dr Caroline Fairey, a leading figure for many years in training catechists to teach the Faith, initially at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham and now with the pioneering School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey in Devon.
- Dr Olive Duddy, a general practitioner and senior tutor for the Natural Family Planning Teachers Association, who has promoted the now widely accepted natural and ecological fertility care.
- Catherine MacMillan, a writer and musician, who became pregnant at the age of eighteen, unmarried, and preparing for University. Rejecting abortion, with the help and support of her parents she went ahead with the pregnancy, giving birth to baby Sara. The child was born seriously handicapped and sadly died earlier this year when almost six. Catherine has given public witness to the sanctity of every human life in her writings and speeches. (See this article and the video)
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- Sister Jane Louise, who joined the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, along with two other sisters from the Anglican Sisters of St. Margaret, where they had been for several years. This meant leaving behind the security of an established home, and venturing into an unknown future. Later one of the sisters joined another Catholic order, and sadly Sister Wendy died, leaving Sister Jane Louise alone. She works at Walsingham, especially with catechesis for children in the many pilgrimage groups who arrive every week. Others are now interested in joining what is planned as a full community at the shrine, part of the revival of this ancient National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
We congratulate all of these women and especially Sister Jane Louise, who has a special place in our hearts, and we hope and pray that the Lord will call many young women to join her in forming this new community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Reconciliation.