Sr Gloria Dowling, Seniors Minister at St James’ Dandenong

I am Gloria Dowling, a Novice Sister of the Community of the Holy Name in Cheltenham.

Born in Canberra, I have lived there for most of my life although I have also lived in Papua New Guinea and Tasmania.  I am blessed to be the mother of 2, step mother to 3 and grandmother to 7.  My second husband died 8 years ago.

I was fortunate to be raised in the Anglican Church and have served that church in many different roles for over 35 years.  The Community of the Holy Name has been a part of my spiritual journey for more than 30 years and during that time I have travelled regularly from wherever I lived to visit the Community.  I moved to live in Melbourne to test the vocation to the Religious Life in January 2015.

Worshipping and serving Our Lord with of the Parish of St James’ Dandenong is a great joy for me and also particularly ministering to seniors through visitation and pastoral care.