Congregational Leadership

The Congregational Centre is currently located in Wexford, Ireland. The Leader and one member of the Team minister in the Irish Area and two members of the Team minister in the Australian Area.

At the Congregational Chapter held at Safety Bay Retreat Centre, Shoalwater, Western Australia, in May 2019, the Sisters of St John of God elected the Leadership Team for the next six years (2019 – 2025).

Sr Geraldine Fitzpatrick was elected as Congregational Leader. She also holds the responsibility of being Area Leader in Ireland. Geraldine is a native of New Ross, Co Wexford and comes to the Team with a wide experience of ministry in the area of psychology and counselling.

The following Sisters were elected to the Leadership Team:

Sr Agnes Miller, a native of Vicarstown, Co Laois. Agnes will be Congregational Assistant and Secretary. She comes to the team with a background in Education in the UK. More recently Agnes has been involved in a variety of pastoral activities.

Sr. Isobel Moran, as well as being a member of the Congregational Team, has a specific role in Australia as Area Leader.  Isobel was born in rural Victoria.  She undertook medical training at University College Cork and completed her physician training in Australia and Hong Kong.  For the past 20 years Isobel has been engaged in leadership and governance.  She is widely respected in the Catholic health care sector and brings to the team a range of gifts and skills, honed over the years.  As well as ministry in Australia, Isobel has also ministered in Hong Kong and Pakistan.

Sr Columba Howard is an elected member of the Congregational Leadership Team. Born in Victoria, she met the John of God Sisters when doing General Nursing in Ballarat.  Her early religious formative years were in Subiaco. Her professional background includes nursing education and psychotherapy. Her interests are art, literature and nature. She also has a passion for exploring spirituality today and meeting others on that quest. Her growing edge: Sustaining and nourishing our spirituality at this unprecedented time in religious life.

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L. to R: Columba Howard, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Agnes Miller and Isobel Moran

“Effective leadership enables the Congregation to discern God’s call and empowers it to move in that direction…….It facilitates an openness to the initiatives of individuals, to the challenges of society, and to the call of the Church. It …leads to enthusiasm for the mission of the Congregation.” 

(From: Sisters of St John of God Constitutions, Art. 94)