"She goes beyond..........."
In the second of this week's stories featuring the winners of the 2018 NATSICC Service to Community awards, we introduce Santa Teresa's Miriam Dieudonne. Miriam is the winner of the Non Indigenous Category.
Miriam arrived in Santa Teresa in 1971 and has stayed ever since. Santa Teresa is a small community of around 555 people located 85km South East of Alice Springs. "Miriam is a daily Mass attendee. She leads the musicians and choir every week. She goes beyond that to leading by encouragement and her own practice, the daily prayer of people in the community." stated the nomination for Miriam by the Santa Teresa Community.
The nomination continued "Nothing is too much for Miriam no matter what people ask of her - taking Communion Ministers around the community, often taking people to Alice Springs for their own needs, picking up people for Mass and driving them home, looking after old people. She does this with little regard for her own self."
"Is it very difficult to sum up all that Miriam has done over so many years and continues to do for the community, for individuals, for families and for the Parish, always in the spirit of the Gospel: "I have come to serve and not be served."
We are blessed to have non Indigenous people like Miriam walking alongside us on our journey. We extend our congratulations to Miriam and our thanks to the Santa Teresa Parish community for nominating such a wonderful person.