Bishop Michael Putney recognised posthumously at Catholic Health Australia Awards

11/09/2014

Catholic Health Australia Maria Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award News Story
Bishop Donald Sproxton, Auxilliary Bishop of Perth, Bishop Robert McGukin, Bishop of Toowoomba and Bishop Joseph Oudeman, Auxilliary Bishop of Brisbane, accepting the posthumous recognition of Bishop Michael Putney on behalf of the Church from Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board chair Rowena McNally Rowena McNally.

Catholic Health Australia’s Maria Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded on Tuesday 26 August, posthumously, to Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville, a man who was called home to his eternal reward in March this year and was dearly loved and much admired.

The Maria Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the Church's presence in health and aged care. The person will have inspired and mentored others working in Catholic health and aged care ministries, and through their work or influence have enabled the healing love of Jesus to be felt by people in need.  Not only will this person have made an impact within Catholic ministry, but they will also have had an impact on the broader community.

A man of deep faith, much wisdom and heart

Catholic Health Australia Maria Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award News Story
Bishop Michael Putney.

“Bishop Michael played a major role in shaping Catholic health and aged care over the past two decades through his outstanding capacities of intellect, personal warmth and spiritual depth,” Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board chair Rowena McNally said.

“Bishop Michael served on the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board and was on the Bishops' Commission for Health. One of his proudest contributions was chairing the Steering Committee guiding development of the CHA Code of Ethical Standards, published in 2001. The document that resulted is now highly regarded as a central element of ethical reflection and decision-making processes for Catholic health and aged care services.

“Bishop Michael was a man of deep faith, a man of much wisdom and a man with a very big heart. For all those who knew and loved him he was that most authentic witness to the call shared by all our ministries, “to be a ‘living reminder’ of Jesus.”

Bishop Donald Sproxton, Auxilliary Bishop of Perth, Bishop Robert McGukin, Bishop of Toowoomba and Bishop Joseph Oudeman, Auxilliary Bishop of Brisbane all responded on behalf of the Church in accepting the posthumous recognition, and spoke of Bishop Putney’s wisdom in practice, and of their great friendship with him.

In closing Bishop Joseph Oudeman said “Bishop Michael was a great palliative care exponent and was an inspirational model to the Catholic community on how to die well. He will be long remembered by the Catholic health family, and the wider community, with gratitude and love”.


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