An Augustinian Sister has been awarded an MBE by the Queen in the New Year's Honour's List.
Sister Mary Thomas has received the award for services to St George’s Park Retirement Village.
She has been pivotal in the creation of this imaginative and
innovative state of the art care village which enables older people to
live an active and fulfilled life in a secure and supportive
Sr Thomas is from Cabra, Thurles, Co Tipperary in Ireland. She spent
time working for an electrical and television firm before she joined the
She then trained as a general and psychiatric nurse and has spent all
of her religious life caring for the sick and elderly frail.
When appointed as the Superior of the Order in the 1990s, she began the process of creating this innovative care village.
She said: “I accept this MBE on behalf of the community of the
Sisters of St Augustine and all those we are privileged to serve in our
care homes. I recognise that the award is given not just to myself but in
recognition, too, of my own religious community and many other
professionals who have worked with us over these years to assist the
elderly and most vulnerable in our society.”