On May 1, Sr Slavica Turcic ASC celebrated her golden anniversary of religious profession.
Emigrating to Australia from Croatia as a young girl with her large family in 1968, Slavica joined the Adorers of the Blood of Christ Sisters and did her formation with the community at North Fitzroy, Melbourne. Sr Slavica became a welfare worker and continued to support migrants such as herself over many years. She studied a diploma in welfare in Canberra where she also worked in a childcare centre.
In 1998 she was transferred to Adelaide, where she was a community settlement service worker and in 2005 began focusing on aged care for migrants, firstly as president of the Croatian Aged Care Association and then as manager of the Home and Community Care Program of the same association.
In an interview with The Southern Cross in 2012, Sr Slavica spoke of visiting ageing Croatian migrants in Coober Pedy and seeing the need for them to connect with each other. Fortunately, through the support of a government program, they were able to organise some regular social activities and Sr Slavica was also able to prepare some Croatian hymns for Mass.
To mark her 50th anniversary of religious profession members of the Croatian community gathered at St Patrick’s Church, Grote Street for a Mass celebrated by Emeritus Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ.
Catholic Education SA’s Family Faith Formation advisor, Sr Jenny Seal fdnsc, was guest of honour at a morning tea to acknowledge her anniversary of 40 years of professed life.
One of five Sisters of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the Adelaide Archdiocese, Sr Jenny has been an educator in various roles in primary, secondary and adult education over the past four decades.
“My work involves mentoring teams, developing resources, training workshops and ongoing formation across the 54 parishes in the Archdiocese in the areas of Sacramental Catechesis, Liturgy of the Word with Children, Family Catechesis and Faith Formation of children and their families,” Sr Jenny explained.
“I enjoy being with people and building relationships be it with my family, colleagues, parishioners and responding to any needs which arise within these and the wider community.
“I am very interested in seeing how we can touch the lives of people who see themselves as disengaged with Church for whatever reason, as well as assisting with the integration of faith and life with people whom I have contact.”
A pastoral associate, counsellor and catechesis educator in the Sydney Archdiocese as well as working in aged care before joining the Family and Parish-based Catechesis Office in Adelaide
10 years ago, Sr Jenny is a member of the Council of Young Families and coordinates the Vocation Network of the Archdiocese.