Vale Sr Anne Manning
18 April 2016
Good Shepherd sadly farewells Sr Anne Manning, Good Shepherd Sister for 50 years and Province Leader Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand 2012-15, who passed away on Sunday, 17 April 2016.
Known for her sharp intellect and gentle demeanour, Sr Anne was a significant leader and advocate for social justice in Australia and New Zealand, Asia and South Africa. Through all of her work, Sr Anne was passionately focused on redressing inequities in the world, in particular for women and children.
Sr Anne used her warmth of heart to lift others up. She treated all people equally and with great sensitivity – always available to support others in times of personal need. Sr Anne was a sought-after mentor who encouraged people to be self-aware, have a reflective “inner life” as well as develop the skills they needed for their professional lives.
Born in South Africa, Sr Anne’s first ministry experiences were in Good Shepherd residential care facilities for girls in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Hartbeespoort. Later, Anne also worked in the residential program in Durban, which she was responsible for closing as the trend was moving away from residential care for most young people.
Before coming to Australia in 1980, Sr Anne was on the Province Leadership Team in South Africa and was in Denver, Colorado where she spent one year in a Centre for Theology and Spirituality participating in a renewal program.
Sr Anne was member of Province Leadership Teams, regional and international planning teams and working parties throughout the Congregation. Her participation in teams was always significant and influential in creating capacity for the issues of the day and outcomes.
One of Anne’s most audacious initiatives was starting the fair trade project "The Trading Circle", which markets products from income-generating projects of Good Shepherd ministries throughout Asia. The idea for The Trading Circle evolved out of Sr Anne’s involvement with a group of Indigenous women in Dareton, NSW who wanted to start a small business. Seeing the difficulty they had in establishing a market for what they were making because of their isolation, Sr Anne thought of Good Shepherd Sisters working in various income-generating projects in developing countries and invited support for women through localised retail sales. Over time “trade” moved from churches, retirement villages, schools and events to dedicated shop fronts around Australia and in New Zealand.
In recent years Sr Anne worked closely with the Sisters in Australia and New Zealand to plan their succession and share responsibility for mission with lay mission partners. Much of her recent work was supporting mission partners through the succession process.
Sr Anne pursued studies in the fields of social science, community development, leadership training and theology and forged strong friendships around the world.
Since news of Sr Anne’s death the Sisters have been flooded with messages of support. Many acknowledge her clear insight that working to change the structures of society that entrench disadvantage is integral to Good Shepherd mission. It’s not an optional extra.
Sr Anne leaves a magnificent legacy and will be greatly missed by people from all walks of life.