Schools and local community members helping to celebrate Sister Pat Hogan’s birthday recently have left the 80-year-old overwhelmed by their support.
Sister Pat was treated to a liturgy and morning tea at St Barbara’s Parish School last Thursday before an afternoon event on Sunday and a warm reception at Roxby Downs Area School on Monday morning.
St Barbara’s staff member Kylie Johnson co-ordinated Thursday’s celebrations and had kind words to say about Sister Pat.
“You’ve been a very special part of the St Barbara’s Parish School community, and the wider community, for so many years,” she said.
Principal Terry Kluzek told The Monitor he was impressed with the display put together by Mrs Johnson and students.
“Sister Pat is such a giving and loving person that everyone has responded in a like manner,” he said.
Sunday’s more public event attracted special guests including fellow Cancer Council supporter
Pam Evans, Citizen of the Year Vern Kruger, Rev Mary Lewis, chaplain Barry Luke, Fr John Folkman, Andamooka woman Inge Duke and town administrator Bill Boehm.
The local Sing Australia group performed two of Sister Pat’s favourite songs – You’ll Never Walk Alone and We Are Australian – among other numbers.
“It was a really happy afternoon,” said Sister Pat.
“I love Roxby Downs, and to be able to celebrate with the people in it.”
Even after 80 years, Sister Pat said life continued to surprise her.
“There’s always something unexpected happening that gives you a lot of joy,” she said.
“(Turning 80) is kind of another beginning.”
Photo: Sister Pat Hogan with St Barbara’s Parish School acting principal Terry Kluzek at the school’s liturgy service on Thursday.