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Augustinian Sister Awarded MBE by the Queen of England


Sister Mary Thomas, an Augustinian Sister of the Mercy of Jesus, has been awarded an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year’s Honour’s List for services to ‘St. George’s Park Retirement Village’ in Burgess Hill, Sussex. She has been the leading light in the creation of this imaginative and innovative state of the art care village which enables older people to live an active and fulfilled life in a secure and supportive environment.  The MBE is awarded to people who have given exceptional service to the community.  It is awarded to those who are not citizens of the British Commonwealth (the OBE is the corresponding award given to citizens of the Commonwealth).
On hearing about the Award, Sr. Thomas said: “I accept this MBE on behalf of the community of the Sisters of St Augustine and all those we are privileged to serve in our care homes. I recognise that the award is given not just to myself but in recognition, too, of my own religious community and many other professionals who have worked with us over these years to assist the elderly and most vulnerable in our society.”
Sr. Mary Thomas (Agnes Dunne) is the daughter of Denis and Mary Dunne. She was born in Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Educated by the Presentation Sisters in Thurles, she spent time working for an electrical/television firm before she joined the Augustinian Sisters. Following the call of the founder of the Augustinian Sisters, Canon Peter John Maes, who dedicated his life to the care of the sick, Sr Mary Thomas trained as a general and psychiatric nurse. She has spent all of her religious life caring for the sick and elderly frail and when appointed as the Superior of the Order in the 1990s, she began the process of creating this innovative, new care village.
The Order of the Augustinian Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus was founded in 1842 in Bruges, Belgium by Reverend Canon Peter John Maes who devoted his life to the care of the mentally ill. The Sisters of St. Augustine was re-formed in 1866 when it established its first home, St. George's Retreat in Burgess Hill, Sussex, principally to care for the mentally and physically ill. The Sisters have continued to care for those that need it ever since. The Sisters are affiliated to the Order of St. Augustine (OSA) and share with us the Rule of St. Augustine together with the spirituality of the Order.
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Article posted on 12th of March 2013

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