Susan Joy Nevile
DEACON, HOSPITAL/HOSPICE PASTORAL CARER, SCHOOL CHAPLAIN/ TEACHER, FAMILY/CHILDREN'S MINISTER, TELEPHONE COUNSELLOR
AUTHOR of Joy and Compassion: Stories and Prayers for a Life of Faith (2021, 384 pages, Coventry Press, Melbourne)
"my goal ... give thanks, love my family, live in hope and trust, have an open heart, respond with grace"
The late Rev. Susan Joy Nevile (1963-2018) was a woman of light, life, and love, known for her calm presence, gentle wisdom, deep affection for people, resolute faith, and enthusiasm for colour and creativity, especially in her quilting. She was married for almost thirty years, and a mother of three.
Susan Joy was passionate about serving in the world, meeting and supporting people in their life circumstances. For ten years she worked as a hospice and hospital pastoral carer. Before that, for seven years she was a school chaplain, and teacher of religious and values education (RAVE), to primary and infants students. She was an experienced children's and family minister, and volunteer Lifeline telephone counsellor. In 2009 she was ordained into the permanent diaconate of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. She lived the call to be as Christ to others. She led worship across many settings, particularly valuing story, visual resources, and candlelight. She would search for hours to find images to engage, delight, and inspire.
Susan Joy left a collection of writings, produced over 15 years, which she described as "my voice, on faith and how to live as a person of faith in this world". Her husband, an academic writer and editor, compiled and edited these, and brought them to publication as the book Joy and Compassion: Stories and Prayers for a Life of Faith (2021, Coventry Press). The book offers a collection of more than 80 story-oriented reflections, each focussed on a specific aspect of faith life, and accompanied by a related prayer, and one or more questions or comments for thought, discussion, or action.
Please get to know Susan Joy through these pages, and be encouraged and inspired by a woman who sought to change the world by, "loving the people God
gives me each day, keeping an open heart - focusing on the grace".