Getting to Know Sr Myrna Nunan fcJ
My earliest memory is my brother throwing water over the fence and drenching an old lady passing by.
School was always a happy experience at both primary and secondary level although I was more interested in sport than in academic subjects.
My first relationship was with a male friend, who took me rabbiting and with whom I enjoyed playing tennis and golf.
My most treasured possession is my family with all its extensions.
My mother and father always told me to be good. I swore once and was taken into the bedroom to kneel down and say a Hail Mary in reparation.
My happiest day was the day the FCJ sisters accepted me as a candidate. Since then my life has been dotted with many happy experiences especially as Principal of St John’s Primary School in East Frankston and my teaching days at Vaucluse College, Richmond and Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Books that impressed me as a young person include Fr Damien of Molokai along with City of God.
A song that I would like played at my funeral is ‘Take my Hand, Walk in the Sun’.
If only I could, I would enable all my Vietnamese girls to go back to Vietnam to visit their families.
My most rewarding ministry has been a ‘mother’ to so many Vietnamese refugee girls. I am mother, grandmother, aunty, confidante and friend.
My most humbling experience was in a refugee camp in Cambodia when, in spite of extreme poverty, people insisted on giving me gifts.
The hardest thing that I have ever done was to say ‘No’ to a refugee who wanted resettlement.
Cat or dog? Yank, a golden Labrador, managed to survive the love showered on him by the community at Frankston to the point where he became a man-hater.
My greatest joy is driving into the country and down by the seaside.