Sisters of Charity celebrate 175 years in Australia
|From left: Josephine Hodges RSC, Dorothy Barden RSC, Judith Clark RSC, Colleen Jackson RSC, Karen Nguyen RSC and Enid Doherty RSC.|
Photography: Sr Margaret Fitzgerald RSC
From Catholic Outlook May 2014
This year, the Sisters of Charity are celebrating the arrival of the first religious women in Australia. In 1838, 175 years ago, at the request of Bishop Polding, five Sisters of Charity volunteered to make the arduous crossing from Dublin to Sydney to bring comfort and hope to the most depressed and neglected women in the colony.
The work of visiting the infamous Female Factory at Parramatta was the beginning of the mission of the sisters in Australia. Therefore it is only fitting that Parramatta was a place of celebration, reflection and thanksgiving for the graces and blessings of the past 175 years.
The celebration of this historic event in the history of the Australian Church and the Sisters of Charity began in Melbourne, where Mass was celebrated in St Patrick’s Cathedral and will progress to Brisbane, Hobart and Sydney in the coming months.
Saturday 5 April 2014 was a day of great celebration and thanksgiving in Parramatta as the sisters came together with family members, friends, colleagues, past students and members of other congregations to remember and give thanks for the blessings of the past 175 years.
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, presided at the Mass, which was concelebrated by Parramatta Bishop Emeritus Kevin Manning, Bishop Peter Ingham, Bishop Terry Brady and a large number of priest friends of the sisters.
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Read Bishop Anthony’s HomilyFor information about the Sisters of Charity of Australia and this year’s 175th anniversary celebrations: www.sistersofcharity.org.au
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