Sr Julianne Mary Tapping PBVM

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Sr Julianne Mary Tapping PBVM

19/4/1946 - 16/8/2020
Obituary
Sister Julianne Tapping PBVM was born on April 19, 1946 to parents Phyllis and Pierre Tapping. She grew up in Sandy Bay and studied at Mt Carmel College until transferring to St Mary’s College in Year 4. After matriculating in 1963, she discerned a religious vocation and entered the novitiate of the Presentation Sisters in Elsternwick, Melbourne in 1964. In 1967 she returned to Hobart for her first profession of vows.

Sr Julianne began teaching at Sacred Heart College in Launceston in 1968. The following year she became seriously ill with systemic lupus and, rushed to Hobart and met by her parents and Superior, was thought to be dying. However, despite the lupus and several other serious health conditions, Sr Julianne proceeded to live for another 51 years.

She taught at Presentation schools around Tasmania including at St Mary’s College in Hobart, Star of the Sea Catholic College in Georgetown, and St Patrick’s College in Launceston.

With an interest in spirituality, she undertook further studies including a Bachelor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, a correspondence course in counselling and the Spiritual Direction program at Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in Melbourne. These she put to use in her schools and other ministries, including as a member of the de la Salle Youth Retreat Team in Sydney, in prayer ministry and spiritual direction. In 2003 Sr Julianne took up the role of Parish Sister on Flinders Island, her final ministry placement. In speaking of this ministry, Sr Julianne said that she appreciated the people she met and found their open friendliness very inviting.

In 2006, she retired from active ministry and moved to West Hobart, but in 2015 she was moved to Guilford Young Grove aged care facility where she remained until recently. Sr Julianne passed away at Calvary St John’s Hospital in South Hobart on August 16. She had been a professed Presentation Sister for more than 53 years.

In the days preceding her funeral, past students shared their love for Sr Julianne, one commenting, “She was such as caring, quiet person who was always so encouraging to us all an ever had a cross or harsh word.”

A parent wrote: “I was so conscious of the gentle, calming, positive influence that Julianne was in the lives of my daughters in their last years at school.”

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Spirit Church, Sandy Bay, where she had grown up and spent the last years of her life.