Rossalyn inducted to Honour Roll

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Rossalyn inducted to Honour Roll
Rossalyn Giudici. Photo: Naomi Leach

A woman whose many years of dedicated service have often been hidden from view has been inducted to the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.

Rossalyn Giudici, who volunteers at the Archdiocese of Hobart Archives and Heritage Collection, serves as a weekday sacristan at St Mary’s Cathedral and provided secretarial support to Archbishop Eric D’Arcy, was inducted to the honour roll at an event at the Launceston Country Club on March 15.

Established in 2005 by the Tasmanian Government, the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women acknowledges Tasmanian women who have made an outstanding contribution to the state.

Rossalyn – who has seven children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren – was accompanied to the event by several family members as well as representatives from the Archives and Heritage Collection and the Cathedral Parish.
Born in Longreach, Queensland, Rossalyn moved to Tasmania and married Sergio Giudici, a ‘new Australian’ from Italy who had arrived in Australia following World War II.

With Sergio, Rossalyn became involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the Christian Family Movement and as a ‘parent couple’ in an Antioch youth group.
Rossalyn says that life and faith go together, and that she can’t say which of her many volunteering has been the most satisfying.

“I can’t pick one. All the aspects of our involvement with the Church have been part of our life and part of our journey,” Rossalyn said.

Rossalyn worked in the Papal Visit Office for the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1986, assisted with the preparations for Archbishop Guilford Young’s funeral and later became Archbishop D’Arcy’s personal secretary.

In 2000 Rossalyn began volunteering with the Archdiocese of Hobart Archives and Heritage Collection, designing a database to record entries from sacramental registers. Over the past 18 years, she has entered 190,000 records onto the database, as well as recording the names and details of all Catholic clergy who have served in Tasmania since 1821 – a total of 946 clergy.

The sacramental registers contain information that cannot be found elsewhere, particularly relating to Catholic convicts in Tasmania.

“As St Paul says, there are many services to be done, and this is one of the things I can do,” Rossalyn said, of her volunteering at the Archives and Heritage Collection.
“When you see the baptism records, there are so many hidden stories of people who travelled from central Tasmania to the East Coast to have their children baptised,” she said.

“It just gives a sense of life over the years of people who have lived in Tasmania.”