Sr Louise McKeogh has been appointed provincial of the South Pacific region of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, known as the Salesian Sisters. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Sr Louise will oversee the mission of the Salesian Sisters in the region – which includes Australia, Samoa and the Solomon Islands – from 2020 until 2025.
She has worked for the Parramatta Diocese as its social justice coordinator and diocesan director of Caritas for seven-and-a-half years.
“I have a mixture of feelings [about my appointment],” Sr Louise said. “[There’s] excitement at a new challenge and I think it’s a sacred space to journey with each of the sisters and facilitate the ministry that happens in Australia, in Samoa and in the Solomon Islands.
“To walk together and collaboratively set the direction and goals for our ministry for the next six years with the leadership team, so that’s very exciting.
“There’s also a tinge of sadness, because I’ve loved what I’ve been doing here in the Parramatta Diocese in the social justice office, and it’s been a very life-giving and rewarding ministry for me personally.”
Professing her final vows in 1996, Sr Louise worked in youth ministry, early childcare and assisting Indigenous communities before applying for Parramatta Diocese's social justice coordinator position in February 2012.
A farewell afternoon tea was held for Sr Louise in Parramatta last month, attended by Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, members of the diocesan chancery and representatives of the various social justice networks she had formed.
“They often say ‘good things some in small packages’, and it’s so true of Sr Louise. What a dynamo you are, with a heart and passion for justice," Bishop Long said.
“Your departure will be greatly missed. We are all very grateful, very appreciative of you and your ministry of service, your passion for God’s kingdom, above all, your love, your goodness [and] your contemplative spirit. We all wish you God’s speed and every blessing in your new appointment.”
Sr Louise McKeogh appointed Provincial of Salesian Sisters (Catholic Outlook)