Sister Anne Forbes RSM

February 22, 2022

Former staff member Sister Anne Forbes RSM sadly passed away on February 17, 2022, aged 92 years, in the 72nd year of her religious profession at Mercy Place Ballarat.

Anne’s ministry was primarily in education in the Ballarat Diocese.  She was a founding staff member at St Martins in the Pines (1967), now Damascus College.  Anne also taught at St Patrick’s College Ballarat.  Sr Anne was on staff at St Patrick’s College between 1987-88 and taught religious education, English as a second language and history. Sr Anne was also involved in the school’s pastoral care team, helping with retreats and life education programs.

Anne was the Diocesan Director of Caritas for some years, a work which she loved.  Anne also spent time in Timboon and Wendouree Parishes, sharing her music ability and visiting the locals.

In Ballarat especially, Anne became a champion advocate for the East Timorese for many years. She made a home for many East Timorese students who came to Ballarat for education and created a safe haven for these young people, they treasure her presence in their lives today. Anne was a woman of Justice and Mercy.

Anne’s funeral was held today (25 February) at St Alipius Church, Ballarat East.

Sr Anne Forbes was a member of staff at SPC, as pictured in the 1988 College Annual.