Sr Maura McAvoy OP

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Sr Maura McAvoy OP

2/1/1936 – 6/7/2020

Sr Maura McAvoy OP, a former principal of the senior school of Dominic College and Deputy Director of Catholic Education for five years, has passed away in New South Wales.

Mary Catherine ‘Maura’ McAvoy was born on January 2, 1936 in England and grew up in County Down, Northern Ireland. The only daughter and eldest child of Arthur and Mary Patricia McAvoy, Sr Maura trained as a teacher at St Mary’s Training College in Belfast. She arrived in Australia in 1960 and taught with the Brigidine Sisters in Mentone, Melbourne for three years. In Melbourne she joined the Dominican laity before entering the Dominican Sisters as a religious sister in NSW in 1963. She received the religious name of Sr Mary Maurice and made her first profession on December 17, 1964.

At her final profession she took the motto Ad Patrem in Christo Jesu – ‘to the Father in Christ Jesus’.

Sr Maura served in education and administration in Victoria and New South Wales, before arriving in Hobart to become deputy principal in charge of Senior School of Dominic College from 1991-1993.

In 1994 Sr Maura became Deputy Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania, a role she held for five years. She then served as a Senior Education Consultant for another four years, including overseeing Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Hobart.

In later years Sr Maura returned to NSW and lived in Sydney. She passed away on July 6 after a period of ill health, and her funeral Mass was held in the Santa Sabina College chapel in Strathfield, Sydney on July 10.

A memorial Mass for Sr Maura was held at St John the Baptist Church in Glenorchy on July 14.

At the Mass, Sr Pamela Davis OP, of Lenah Valley, described Sr Maura as “a dedicated and compassionate educator, with a sense of humour and genuine love of children and young people”.