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Thank God always for the happiness and beauty of life - it is beautiful.
Venerable Mary Potter's Last Words.

Platinum Jubilee

1 July 2015 | General Interest

To reach the celebration of 70 years of Religious Profession is no small thing: it takes a willing heart, a faith-filled endurance and a compassionate love. So it is no surprise that we gathered on July 16th to celebrate Sr Marie Tooze LCM for those attributes are integral to her.

Photo from top left: 
Sr Brigid Gleeson LCM, Sr Carmel Byrne LCM,
Sr Kathleen Cotterill LCM, Sr Helen Kelly LCM,
Sr Jennifer Barrow LCM
Front row left to right:
Sr Lois Woodcock LCM, Sr Marie Tooze LCM
Sr Bernadette Fitzgerald LCM


They have been expressed in her life throughout its joys and challenges since the Profession of her First Vows in 1945. In the service of the Gospel and our LCM life, Marie has responded with a Yes throughout her life. She has touched the lives of those for whom she cared in her nursing, she has accompanied those seeking to understand their call to LCM life and she has accepted the call to Leadership as Novice Mistress, Superior, Province Councillor, Vice Provincial, and Board Member. But at heart, Marie sought really only to do one thing –to live her life outpoured in union with her God, in the Calvary spirit.

Marie is a Riverina girl. She was born at Ariah Park as the daughter of the local Dentist and his wife, Bert and Agnes. With the dental practice, the family travelled to a number of the small towns of the Riverina and Marie was educated as a boarder at Our Lady of Mercy College Goulburn. In 1990, she returned to the Riverina and was a loved and valued LCM presence in Reception at the Forrest Centre for many years. Her LCM Community in Wagga have always appreciated her quiet presence, love and support which continues today as she makes her home as a resident at the Forrest Centre.

On July 16th, 2015, with Eucharist and Lunch, the anniversary of Marie’s vows on July 1st 1945 was celebrated. With Fr Paddy Sykes, her beloved family, friends from her home at the Mary Potter Nursing Home Wagga, her community of Brigid, Lois, Carmel and Shirley and Province Leadership, we rejoiced in Marie’s Yes. Each one there has been touched by her life and love, as have so many not able to join us but gathered in love in our presence.

Her life motto is so true – He must increase, I must decrease – lived so truly that still today, we see the Christ in Marie and rejoice.