Service to others ‘a great privilege’

Pip McIlroy (Melbourne Catholic/Fiona Basile)

St Catherine of Siena’s phrase “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire” resonates strongly with St Vincent’s Health’s Pip McIlroy as she strives to live a “whole-hearted life”. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

The 32-year-old Collingwood resident is Group Mission Integration Manager – Formation and Ethics at St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA), a role that is integrated with her own personal values, and to the life and mission of her work at St Vincent’s.

“Part of the formation aspect of my role is to work with the mission leaders in each of the facilities and divisions, to assist with connecting staff in their individual roles and their own sense of vocation, with the mission of St Vincent’s as a whole,” she said. “The Mission Leaders accompany staff in making decisions that are true to our Catholic heritage and to the heritage and tradition of the Sisters of Charity who founded our organisation.”

Ms McIlroy said her role at St Vincent’s is “a great privilege” and follows a lifetime of personal formation that has seen the integration of her own “head, heart and hands at the service of others” being at the core of her mission.

“Through my Catholic upbringing in my family and education, what was instilled in me was the privilege that it is to be of service to others,” she said. “And that the most important thing in life is to love others and foster community such that God might recognise it.”


Pip McIlroy: Living a life of whole-hearted service (By Fiona Basile, Melbourne Catholic

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