A big congratulations to Sr Rita Fitt SGS on receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) today for service to secondary education.
Sr Rita—a Good Samaritan sister—works tirelessly as the family liaison coordinator at St Mary Star of the Sea College in Wollongong.
On receiving the award, Sr Rita said, “I’m honoured. It’s a very lovely award. This is exciting but humbling. I am so blessed to have been part of this tremendous college at St Mary’s for the last 15 years.
“I’m interested in the whole family. Most of my ministry is reaching out each day from the college to the home. It’s important families are supported by the college.”
Among her many outreach and pastoral care activities, Sr Rita provides meals to families in their time of need and also visits HSC students at home to encourage them in their study time before final exams.
Over the years, Sr Rita has been recognised for her hard work—receiving a Pastoral Care Award from Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong and a Good Samaritan Award from St Mary of the Star of the Sea College.
Congratulations Sr Rita on a well-deserved honour!
“I am quite certain that the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished when the Day of Christ Jesus comes” (Philippians 1:6).
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.