100th Birthday, Sydney
Anne Therese Boyce was born in Albury on 21st May 1918, she had 3 sisters and 2 brothers
Anne has a, diploma of education, Batchelor of arts and in 1974 obtained a Batchelor of French literature at Sorbonne University in Paris, she had the honour of meeting Paul Claudel.
After leaving college, Anne took the examination for the public service and went to work for the General Post Office in 1942.
Anne then became adventurous and took up a teaching post for the Australian Government in Papua New Guinea, where she was for quite some time.
Anne retired from the workforce in 1972 and has given her life to God in many ways since. Wherever she has gone both in Australia and other parts of the world she has given herself to inviting others into the Catholic faith with her infectious smile and shared the love of Jesus with others. Today she is still an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary.
In 1938 She attended her first Legion of Mary meeting in Bentley Melbourne she has continued that membership for the most of 79 years. During her life as an active member she was an elected officer of the first Senatus of Sydney council (Governing body) in 1962. She has been an extension officer to Canberra Goulburn, Lismore and Armidale. She started the Legion of Mary in east Timor and helped to re start the Legion of Mary in the Solomon Islands, and has been involved in many overseas PPC operations with the Legion.
Anne is also a member of the third order of the Carmelites and a Co-Operator (people who help without having a vocation to Opus dei but a great contribution to the work they do) in Opus Dei.
Anne is what Fr. Aiden McGrath would describe as a friend of God, ordinary people living extraordinary lives in the faith and sharing that with others. She has also been a daily Communicant from the age of 15 years old.
Anne came to reside at Mt St Joseph’s Home on the 19th March 2016.
On Monday, the 21st May, 2018, she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by relatives, friends Residents of the Home and Sisters.
Earlier this year the Vatican reminded all Latin Catholics to celebrate the feast of Mary Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost, May 21st, this being Anne’s 100th birthday. It is indeed providential that Anne’s birthday is celebrated on the Feast of Mary Mother of the Church, the 2 loves in her life is : Mary and the Church.
What joy for Anne to know all were honouring Mary Our Mother on her great day. The day kicked off with beautiful sunshine and Anne look great dressed in her finery as she walked into the chapel for Rosary at 10.30am and Mass at 11am celebrated by Fr Victor Martinez, Opus Dei and Fr Greg McEnnally MSC our chaplain. At the end of Mass a blessing from Pope Francis really made her day.