The Marist Sisters are delighted to congratulate Marist Father Kevin Kerley on being awarded an OAM (medal in the general division of the Order of Australia) for ‘service to the international community through humanitarian roles in Papua-New Guinea’.
After Marist profession, Fr Kevin (then a Brother SM) worked in Bougainville from 1954 to 1972, before returning to Australia for priestly studies. Ordained in 1980, he returned to Bougainville where he worked until 2001 including through the tumultuous period of the Bougainville crisis.
Now residing at Villa Maria, Hunters Hill, NSW, Fr Kevin continues his work of assembling memoirs of the crisis years. Congratulations, Fr Kevin OAM!