MUCH-loved Sister Caroline Deutscher did wonder at all the fuss made of her on Monday afternoon.
Well-wishes from dignitaries included letters from Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor-General of Australia, the prime minister, Victorian governor and Cardinal George Pell.
Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh arrived with a huge bunch of flowers.
Pope Francis sent two certificates – one for Sister Caroline’s birthday, the other for 80 years’ service reached last year.
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Sister Caroline relished marking her 100th birthday with family, friends and Loreto sisters in a short prayer service and afternoon tea at Nazareth House.
Born the fourth of 10 children in Portland and growing up in western district town Merino, Caroline joined the Order of Loreto after boarding at Loreto Portland to finish her secondary schooling.
Sister Caroline dedicated her service in teaching, across Victoria and interstate. Two former primary school pupils still make their way to visit her each year. She has also made significant contributions to parish life in Ballarat.
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