Much-loved Maitland Dominican nun Sr Germaine has reached a milestone birthday - her 100th.
Sr Germaine was born in Telarah on February 20, 1921 to parents Brice and Florence Innes who named her Mary Clare.
Educated at St John's and St Mary's in Maitland, Sr Germaine was attracted to the Dominican order by witnessing the devotion to prayer of the older, retired sisters.
A Dominican sister for 79 years, those who love Sr Germaine say she has lived a faithful life of service sustained by prayer and the knowledge that she was indirectly enabling the ministry of the Dominican order.
She had many years performing domestic duties and running kitchens at convents around NSW, Melbourne and the Dominican House of Studies in Rome.
While Sr Germaine moved from the Maitland convent to St Joseph's at Sandgate around four months ago she still held Maitland dear to her heart.
She loved to visit and recall her happy childhood in Telarah with her adored family.
St Joseph's' celebrated Mass in her honour and afternoon tea last Friday. Sr Germain was then guest of honour at a birthday lunch on Saturday at the Maitland convent. Messages from Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and local politicians were shared.
Sr Germaine's sister Clare joined in the celebrations for her birthday. The pair had siblings Brian, John, Bernard, Mervyn, James, Roslyn, and Marjorie who are all deceased.
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