Congratulations to Sister Helen Merrin OP OAM

L’Arche Australia congratulates Helen Merrin on receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia. Helen has been a community member since 1985. her citation for the award acknowledges her contribution to L’Arche Australia among an inspiring list of achievements.

Sister Helen Merrin OP OAM with her guide dog, Freddie
Sister Helen with L’Arche friends


Sister Helen at St Lucy’s School


Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

Sister Helen Clifton Merrin

For service to special needs education, and to the Catholic Church in Australia.

St Lucy’s Special School in Wahroonga

· Music Teacher, since 1980.

· Chaplain, since 2002.

· Board Member, 1999.


Catholic Church

· Sister, Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands, since 1965.

· Member, Australian Bishops Disability Advisory Council, nine years.

· Speaker, Health and Wellbeing Seminar, ACU Sydney, Catholic Religious Australia, 2023.



• Braille Teacher, Royal Blind Society Enfield, 1999.

• Teacher, Prouille School, Wahroonga, c1974-1980.


L’Arche Australia

• Australian Regional Co-ordinator, 1988-1993.

• House Co-ordinator, L’Arche Sydney, 1986-1992.

• Chairperson, Solidarity Group, L’Arche Sydney,1987-1995.

• Member, since 1985.


Awards and Recognition include:

• State Medal, TAFE NSW Academic Achievement Award – Compaq Computer Australia, 2000.

Sister Helen Merrin cannot see or hear, but holds a karate black belt

Touching Celebrations for Loved Chaplain

View All