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Venerable Mary Potter's Last Words.

In the tenderness she makes present..........

19 February 2016 | General Interest

Mary Potter Nursing Home, is a part of The Forrest Centre, an aged and community care service based in Wagga Wagga, but serving people throughout the Riverina. A unique ecumenical venture, it was founded and is owned by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary and the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Its mission is to express the compassion of Christ for the aged by caring for them, at home or in a service designed to enable those who live there to feel at home.

On Friday February 12th 2016, Sister Carmel Byrne LCM retired from her ministry of pastoral care at Mary Potter Nursing Home after 21 years.

        Sister Carmel with Peter Fitzpatrick (left) Chair of The Forrest Centre and Neil Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer

Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All her activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present …..Pope Francis

Through her commitment and care for every resident, family member and the staff of Mary Potter Nursing home and the associated services of The Forrest Centre, Carmel has truly made tenderness present in the halls and rooms of “Mary Potter”. nothing has been too much trouble for Carmel. From the moment a new resident arrives and she helps them to share the story of “who they are”, she has played an integral part in helping all who come to feel at home. She has welcomed new staff, and has taken the time to get to know them. For those who have come to Australia, she makes sure she knows a little of from where they have come.

When she realised that massage – the touch of gentle healing –could help “her Mary Potter” family, Carmel learnt massage. Her little touches of home cooking are always appreciated. Touched by the joys and sorrows that surrounded her in the lives of those for whom she cared, Carmel discovered that her art created a space where she could be renewed so that she could always be present to the other.

 Sister Carmel and Sister Marie Tooze LCM

 As a woman of the Little Company of Mary, Carmel is called to compassion, prayer and presence. We are grateful that she has served our Calvary spirit in love. In this year of Mercy, Carmel is indeed a woman of this time – the time of Mercy and Tenderness.