Museum Volunteer Inspired by Saint

Pauline Grear has had a long association with the Sisters of St Joseph so when her friend told her the Mary MacKillop Museum at Kensington needed volunteers, she jumped at the chance to help …

… Pauline is full of admiration for the founder of the Josephite Sisters. “Mary MacKillop was an amazing person, she achieved so much,” she said. “So many heroes and role models today are sports or media people. Mary MacKillop was a hero, and she is a role model to all. She helped so many and never let adversity put her off. Mary MacKillop’s stamina and determination to do the right thing, to help where she could and not be bullied show that she was a woman and leader before her time.”

Pauline said the saint was relevant in today’s world because she treated everyone with the same respect and love regardless of gender, race or faith. “An inspiration to all people to just get out there and get it done,” she said.

Asked what she would say to someone thinking about becoming a volunteer at Mary MacKillop Museum, she responded: “do it, obviously”. You will meet amazing people and you can’t help but be inspired by what one person can achieve by working for others, not themselves.”

Click here for the full story, which appeared in the March 2022 edition of The Southern Cross.

Photo: Pauline (R) with her friend, Amanda,(L) who encouraged her to join Mary MacKillop Museum's Volunteer Team.