by NZ CATHOLIC staff
St Mary’s, Mt Albert, parishioner Anne Nightingale carries out a list of parish tasks that might
tire out those who merely read it.
At the end of the parish Mass on April 12, Anne Nightingale was presented with the papal award Benemerenti by Msgr David Price.
Miss Nightingale, who retired from nursing in 1996, continues the following parish tasks: pastoral
visitation to the sick, roster for Sunday and weekday readers, roster for altar servers, roster for church cleaners, roster for sacristans, preparation of the church for all sacramental celebrations (funerals, weddings, baptisms, etc), looking after the supply of altar bread, candles, wine and other supplies.
Msgr Price said her duty as a minister to the sick was her life and her joy.
“She knows people by name and her pastoral visitation to the sick constantly empowered her in
her ministry,” he said.
She had also been the chairwoman of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, so had a clear sense of the
liturgy and how it is to be celebrated to encourage participation.
All those who knew her were privileged to know her as a person of deep faith and respected her for that and the example she gives to so many, Msgr Price said. “They respect her not only for
what she does, but for who she is and for what she has meant to so many people,” he said.
After completing her training as a nurse more than 60 years ago, Miss Nightingale won the Bishop
Liston Medal for Excellence.
She gained New Zealand and UK qualifications in midwifery, taught in that field and was chairperson of the New Zealand Nursing Council for nine years. She won a CBE for her nursing council work.