A Letter to the KRB Community from the Principal, Hilary Johnston-Croke:
It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj was a passenger on Malaysian Airline Flight MH17, which was shot down over the Ukraine on Friday morning, 18 July 2014.
This has come as an enormous shock to me and our school community as I am sure it will to all of you.
I heard from Phil on Thursday morning and she told me that she had left Joigny, where she had been attending a retreat, in Paris while there, she saw Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in her caisse at St Francis Xavier Church, which was a very special moment for her.
Phil was a very much loved staff member and friend. She contributed greatly to our community and she touched the lives of all at KRB in such a positive and meaningful way.
We are devastated by the loss of such a wonderfully kind, wise and compassionate woman who was greatly loved by us all. She was a great friend and mentor to me personally.
Students from Years 3 to 12 have been informed of her passing and Years 5 to 12 and Staff came together on Friday afternoon in a beautiful Liturgy in the MTC to pray for her.
I will keep you informed about how we will celebrate her life in the coming weeks.
I ask all of you to please keep Sister Tiernan, her family, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart and our school community in your prayers at this time.
Hilary Johnston-Croke (Mrs)
Sr Philomene Tiernan & Alumnae talk about the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart
Sr Philomene Tiernan talks about KRB's Procession of the Lanterns and its importance to Year 12