Caol bids farewell to Sis­ter June

The Oban Times - - News -

A NUN is pre­par­ing to re­turn to her home­land af­ter spend­ing three years in Lochaber.

Sis­ter June, orig­i­nally from New Zealand, has served at St John’s Par­ish in Caol since 2013 and says she has many cher­ished mem­o­ries and has found it en­rich­ing to work with dif­fer­ent peo­ple and learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

‘I have very much en­joyed my time here,’ she said. ‘I don’t think it’s fair to make a com­par­i­son be­tween Fort Wil­liam and New Zealand. The peo­ple and the cul­tures are very dif­fer­ent. I have been to places in Scot­land which have re­minded me of New Zealand, ge­o­graph­i­cally there are sim­i­lar­i­ties, but with the peo­ple and the way of life you have to take each place as it is and en­joy what it has to of­fer.’

She added: ‘ My main role has been ac­com­pa­ny­ing tourists or peo­ple who are on pil­grim­age. Mary MacKil­lop started our or­der and her peo­ple are from the area so lots of peo­ple come here and Roy Bridge be­cause of her.’

Sis­ter June leaves Caol on July 1 but is look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with fam­ily in the UK be­fore re­turn­ing to New Zealand on Au­gust 9.

‘I will go back with lots of fond mem­o­ries about the peo­ple I have met and the friends I have made here.

Father Roddy McAu­ley said: ‘Sis­ter June has been in­volved in a great deal of things in the three years she has been here.

‘ We gave her a spe­cial Scot­tish neck­lace as a gift for all she has done.’

Pho­to­graph by An­thony MacMil­lan Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Sis­ter June re­ceives her gift from Father Roddy McAu­ley from the par­ish of St John’s, Caol.

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