A heroic life of service and compassion

Val Langley, Mary Slattery as Mother Aubert, and Susan Dickson

The Christchurch Branch of NCW held the Annual Hilda Lowell Function in October to mark the anniversary of the founding of National Council of Women.

To coincide with 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage, the theme was Women who had Made a Difference in New Zealand Society over the past 125 years. The idea was for members to present/represent a chosen woman.

The CWL chose Mother Suzanne Aubert.

Mary Slattery (Christchurch Diocesan Minute Secretary) was dressed beautifully as Suzanne by Jenny Muschamp (National Mission Secretary). Val Langley (Christchurch Diocesan President) and Susan Dickson (National President) were Suzanne’s helpers collecting goods for the needy of Wellington as they told her story.

Many of those present had never heard of Suzanne and her work. Her story created a buzz of interest in her life and in the process of her canonization.

All agreed that she was an inspiring woman who followed her own path.

More information about her life can be found on the website of the Sisters of Compassion.