My name is Roslyn Rajasingam and I was appointed Director of the Apostleship of the Sea in December. I’m the first lay woman to hold the role as Director of this unique form of ministry. Our focus is seafarers who may be on merchant, passenger or fishing vessels. I work with a team of chaplains and the managers of Stella Maris Seafarer's Centres to provide pastoral care, services and support for seafaring people in Australian ports without distinction of colour, gender, race or creed.
Meet a Lay Minister
Rachelle Smith comes to the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry with a strong background youth ministry. She worked for several years in the Archdiocese of Hobart as Director, Office for Youth where she specialised in organising events throughout Tasmania and in preparation for several World Youth Days.
Cathy Jenkins commenced in the role of Director of the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation (Melbourne) in October 2016. Coming most recently from senior administration in a Catholic school context, she has degrees in Arts and Theology and postgraduate qualifications in education, religious education and leadership and management. In addition to education experience Cathy has worked in publishing and has extensive experience in parish leadership.
Two members, Sr. Philomena Burrell from Perth and Mrs Kathleen Lillis from Melbourne have completed a six year term with the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry. We thank them for their faithful service to the Council and in particular their generous support of this e-letter.
The current members and their home Arch/Diocese, including a clergy representative and a bishop delegate, are Mr Greg Byrne, Maitland-Newcastle, Mrs Heather Carey, Adelaide, Fr Mark Freeman, Sr Kari Hatherell osu, Brisbane, Mr Richard McMahon, Parramatta, Mrs Christine O’Halloran, Hobart, Bishop Les Tomlinson.
Andrea Dean grew up in the small gold mining village of Adelong on the south western slopes of New South Wales. After training as teacher she worked in various fields of education, mostly as a member of the Sisters of St Joseph, for more than 30 years.
Initially she taught and ministered in rural New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. A highlight was the time she spent living in Papua New Guinea where she worked in the Vanimo district from 1993 to 1996.