At the Annual Conference in Melbourne in September 2019, five initial Life Memberships were conferred, to Rev. Philip Carter, Rev. Vicky Cullen, Sr Linda Mary, CSC, The Very Rev. Susanna Pain, Rev. John Stewart
At the AGM on 26 September 2020, two additional Life Memberships were conferred, to Glenys Wimmer and John Stuart (normally using Jack as first name).
The executive had agreed to award life membership to Caroline Pearce, but she passed shortly before the 2020 AGM.
Tribute to Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones died peacefully at home in his sleep on Wednesday 14th July 2021. His wife Maureen was by his side.
Ade was a much loved member of ANSD and a dear friend to so many of us. Ade had that beautiful quality of making you feel comfortable and at home in his presence.
At conferences and in meetings he had a deep wisdom born of his closeness to the God of compassion.
For many years he was Public Officer for ANSD and kept us up to date and on the ball making sure we were in accordance with our constitution.
And the essence of Adrian was a gentleness and peaceful spirit that made him a wonderful spiritual director and a mentor for many people.
He studied AG Science before he entered the Carmelite order and was ordained a priest July 1966.
He worked in parishes and as a teacher in the Carmelites and went on to become Novice Master. This led him to Chicago to train at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership as a spiritual director.
He loved his ministry as a spiritual director and was deeply admired by all who came across him in this ministry.
He left priesthood in 1986 and married Maureen in 1987. Ade was a devoted husband and step father and became a doting grandfather to seven beautiful grandchildren who in turn adored him.
He continued as a teacher and also headed up a regulatory farm chemical program to train farmers in the safe use of chemicals. He and Maureen had a farm at Foster fo 20 years.
He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago and faced this struggle with a strength that was an inspiration to us all.
Thanks for your dedication and inspiration Ade. You will be sorely missed.