JOAN McAuliffe is unambiguous about her fierce love for Red Hill’s, St Brigid’s Church.
“I love every brick in St Brigid’s,” she said, “the whole 150,000 or so of them.”
Talking with the feisty 88-year-old, you discover her love of the Catholic faith is equally strong as she mentions her devotion to Our Lady and the praying of marathon 54-day novenas for various intentions.
Which perhaps is no surprise, coming from the woman Jubilee parish priest Fr Peter Brannelly calls “the matriarch of this church”.
She’s involved behind the scenes in quite a few things around St Brigid’s.
“My family’s motto was: What you give to God you don’t put your name on,” she said.
“He knows who you are and what you’re doing. I’ve always lived by that.
“That’s why you won’t hear my name much. Actually I run a lot of things, but nobody knows I’m running them.”
Joan’s roots run deep at a location not far from where the iconic church stands, surveying the city from its hilltop perch.
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