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Commitment to Catholic Education March 2012

In Thursday 29th March there was a morning tea at Pompallier Centre in Auckland to farewell Lucille Taylor rsj who is retiring from Catholic Education Office after 20 years of service there as the Bishop’s representative for Staffing.

Present and past office staff gathered to honour Lucille.  Marlene Dunn rsj Hastings, and Colleen Woodcock rsj Whanganui, were among the guests for the occasion.   A liturgy started the morning in which those present gave thanks for Lucille and for what she had been and achieved over these past years and then prayed a blessing on her retirement and for what is yet to come:

“Now is the time to enjoy your hearts desire,
To live the dreams you have waited for,’
To awaken the depths beyond your work
            And enter into your infinite source”     
John O’Donohue

This was followed by a tribute by Mr Neil Laurenson, Manager of the Catholic Education Services, in which he thanked Lucille for her dedication and ‘generous contribution’ to education in Auckland.  Lucille’s first contribution  was as a Principal at Vermont Street  Catholic School in Ponsonby for 6 years,  and then in her 20 years  at the Catholic Office as the Bishop’s Representative for staffing a role, he noted, which had changed over the years.  Mr Laurenson went on to say:
 â€œAmongst her many achievements, Lucille has assisted with the writing of the original Review and Development document used in the Diocese before Review became a National Requirement, the writing of the Maori Spirituality component in the current Primary Curriculum and the writing of the current RE Curriculum Statement for Catholic Early Childhood Education.  She has worked with the Establishment Committee in establishing five new schools in the Diocese, has assisted Board of Trustees in making Principals’ appointments in Primary schools and some Secondary schools and has been on four cycles of Catholic Special Character Reviews of our Primary schools”.

Mr Laurenson described Lucille as “tenacious, hardworking  and passionate, and one who has always kept to the fore the reason Catholic schools were founded  ‘To provide a Catholic education for Catholic children’”.  Her other loves were not overlooked her garden and her cat, Jubilee, got due mention!     
Lucille was presented with a lovely ceramic bowl and mohair shawl.   
In her reply Lucille said she “had been privileged and blessed to have been given the opportunity to work in the schools in the Diocese.  Working with so many committed people, Principals, staff and Boards of Trustees, and seeing our schools flourish has been heart-warming and rewarding”.


Morning tea followed where there was much chatter and laughter as friends, past and present mingled.  Lucille is shown here in the centre with Marianne Smith rsj, and Paula Cronin rsj - former staff members on the left, and Colleen Woodcock rsj and Marlene Dunn rsj to the right.

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