Sisters a vivacious presence in Diocese

24/04/2012

Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Story
The sisters’ family ministry includes Holy Family Services Childcare at Marayong.

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth has been ministering in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta for more than 55 years. It always has been a time for a great collaboration with the local Bishops.

The members of their newly chosen General Administration of the Congregation visited Australia in November last year. Mother Jana Zawieja CSFN, General Superior, and Sr Angela Marie Mazzeo CSFN, General Councillor, had a unique opportunity to discuss with Bishop Anthony Fisher OP the need for family ministry according to their charism, within the Diocese.

Their discussion with the Bishop included an approach to new vocations to religious life in the Australian Church. Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG and Sr Grace Roclawska CSFN, Provincial Superior of the Congregation in Australia, were present during this meeting.

In Australia the sisters are represented in NSW, QLD and WA. They live in the communities of different backgrounds and countries of origin: Australia, America, Philippines and Poland. They are trying to create the atmosphere of the family life among themselves and serving families through their prayer and apostolic life.

There are currently 14 sisters living and ministering in our Diocese. Two work as chaplains at the University of Western Sydney, one sister works as the Sacramental Coordinator at St Michael’s Parish, Blacktown South.

The sisters are a vivacious presence in their service to the children and elderly at Holy Family Services: Aged Care and Childcare in Marayong. Some of the Sisters with a Polish background support the Polish Community in Marayong.

The sisters are privileged to be part of one of the youngest and most vibrant dioceses in the Australian Church. Learn more about the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth at: www.csfn.org.au 

Original article: Catholic Outlook February 2012

 


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