Sr. Juliana Mooney has been awarded a Papal ‘Benemerenti Medal’ for her generous, dedicated and inspiring service to the students and staff of Knockbeg College for over 58 years.
At a ceremony in the College last Saturday afternoon Msgr. Brendan Byrne, former Rector of Knockbeg and currently the Diocesan Administrator, made the presentation to Sr. Juliana on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI.
Sr. Juliana’s’ long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church through her ministry in St. Mary’s, Knockbeg College, has been quite remarkable. Since 1953 as catering supervisor she managed every aspect of food services there – in good times and bad. As a member of the ‘college community’ she participated in and led many of the liturgical celebrations, kept a keen interest in the progress of the students, and, with her Mercy sisters, honoured the vision of Catherine McAuley humbly and quietly on a daily basis.
Sr. Juliana was born near Rathangan in Co. Kildare. Of four girls in her family she and her sister, Sr. Monica, RSM, entered the Sisters of Mercy Order responding to the Lord’s call and serving him with unassuming distinction. College Rector, Fr. Micheál Murphy said “Sr. Juliana’s service to this College has been inspiring based as it is on her faith in God and trust in Mary, mother of Jesus”.
The presentation was made during a special ceremony marking the end of the ‘boarding’ aspect of the College. Past pupils, former staff and many with a variety of links to the College attended.
Mícheál Murphy (Fr)