Tribute to Sr Marian Moriarty ibvm
On behalf of the Loreto Province of Australia and South East Asia, I would like to pay tribute to Sr Marian Moriarty ibvm, former Institute Leader, who died in Pretoria after a short illness in late August. Sincere condolences are offered to Marian’s family, her Loreto Sisters in Pretoria, the Loreto Community worldwide and her many colleagues and friends. It was a privilege to share the Eucharist with Marian’s family and friends which was live-streamed from South Africa and Rathfarnham on August 29. We continue to offer prayerful support to all those who have been personally impacted by Marian’s death.
After a career in education Marian served as Leader of the South African Province for six years followed by a term as Institute Leader from 2006 until 2014. Marian also worked as a facilitator of groups and participated in various women’s empowerment groups. Sandra Perrett ibvm, who served with Marian on the Institute Leadership Team described Marian’s gifts thus:
“Marian knew the members of the Institute and at least one thing that they would have shared with her at Visitation – even years later. She was totally people focused. Marian was always speaking and acting from a Gospel perspective and always asked for time for herself or would encourage others to take time for reflection and discernment. Jesus was always beside her!”
Members of the Australian Province and Schools met Marian at the 2013 International Loreto Education Conference held at Loreto Kirribilli. During the conference Marian not only shared her thoughts and insights but also celebrated her birthday with conference delegates and sisters. Many have recalled this special time since hearing of Marian’s untimely death.
I conclude with this prayer which carries the love and respect of all members of the Province network. May Marian rest in peace and continue to pray for Mary Ward’s Institute.
Into your hands, most loving God,
we commend our sister,
We give thanks for her:
love of Jesus,
fidelity to the Gospel,
example of servant leadership,
attentiveness to each individual,
and appreciation of all that is natural and beautiful.
We ask you to stay close to Marian’s family,
her South African Loreto sisters, co-workers and friends
and all those whose lives she has touched across the globe.
May Marian’s passion for the plight of those made poor
remain in our hearts and minds alongside our memories of, and affection, for her.
Jesus say ‘Amen’.
Wendy Hildebrand ibvm