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On hearing about the Award, Sr. Thomas said: “I accept this MBE on behalf of the community of the Sisters of St Augustine and all those we are privileged to serve in our care homes. I recognise that the award is given not just to myself but in recognition, too, of my own religious community and many other professionals who have worked with us over these years to assist the elderly and most vulnerable in our society.”
Sr. Mary Thomas (Agnes Dunne) is the daughter of Denis and Mary Dunne. She was born in Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Educated by the Presentation Sisters in Thurles, she spent time working for an electrical/television firm before she joined the Augustinian Sisters. Following the call of the founder of the Augustinian Sisters, Canon Peter John Maes, who dedicated his life to the care of the sick, Sr Mary Thomas trained as a general and psychiatric nurse. She has spent all of her religious life caring for the sick and elderly frail and when appointed as the Superior of the Order in the 1990s, she began the process of creating this innovative, new care village.