Community mourns nun who died in Malaysian flight disaster

Kincoppal–Rose Bay School of Sacred Heart, with which the 77-year-old nun was associated for more than 30 years, in a statement said her death was "devastating."

Malaysia
Jul 23 2014, 3:46 PM
Community mourns nun who died in Malaysian flight disaster
Sister Philomene Tiernan (Left) with Kincoppal-Rose Bay Principal Hilary Johnston-Croke. Photo Courtesy: ABC

The community of Sister Philomene Tiernan, a Catholic nun who lived in Sydney, is mourning her death after she was confirmed as a victim of Malaysian Airline Flight MH17, which was shot down over the Ukraine last Thursday.

Kincoppal–Rose Bay School of Sacred Heart, with which the 77-year-old nun was associated for more than 30 years, in a statement said her death was "devastating."

The community is "devastated by the loss of such a wonderfully kind, wise and compassionate woman, who was greatly loved by us all," Principal Hilary Johnston-Croke said.

The nun contributed greatly to our community and she touched the lives of all of us in a very positive and meaningful way, the statement said.

The school is providing counselling to students, who have been deeply affected by this tragic loss of both Phil and the other passengers on the flight.

Sister Tiernan woked in various capacities, including Director of Boarding and teaching thousands of students, while providing pastoral care inside and outside the school.

She had also held the positions of Board Member of Kincoppal, Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart, as well as Co-ordinator of the Sacred Heart schools network across Australia and New Zealand, of which Kincoppal is a member, the statement said.

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