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September 04, 2014
The President of the Republic of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, officially bestowed “Ordem de Timor” Medals on twenty-six non-Timorese people and groups who fought for Timor-Leste’s independence.
The ceremony was held in Dili on August 30, the 15th Anniversary of the Referendum through which the Timorese people finally gained their freedom.
Sisters Josephine Mitchell and Susan Connelly accepted the Medal on behalf of all those who had worked in the Mary MacKillop Institute for East Timor’s struggle in the 1990s.
The Award recognised the solidarity of the Sisters of St Joseph, Religious of other Congregations and Colleagues who had the privilege of working and praying together for justice and freedom for East Timor.
Others receiving recognition included the journalists known as the Balibo Five, whose posthumous awards were received by family members.