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Three South Australian Sisters of St Joseph were among 19 Sisters who gathered from across Australia and New Zealand on January 13 at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney, to celebrate 60 years of religious profession.

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Like a diamond being cut to bring out its inner beauty, the Sisters had concern for those suffering the terrible effects of bushfires, a sense of loss of dear companions who have died and gratitude and delight in seeing old friends again.

While the bushfires prevented them from taking long trips out of Sydney, they all found ways to experience concrete examples of the theme they had chosen for their Mass: Building on foundational dreams to reach into the new.

Their special Jubilee Mass was a particularly joyful occasion where the whole-hearted participation of everyone present almost lifted the chapel roof.

Emeritus Bishop Pat Power, from Canberra, highlighted the importance of personal relationships as they step into new situations.

GOLDEN JUBILARIANS: Back (L-R) – Sisters Jeanette Conheeney, Denise Brosnan, Kerry Gardiner, Therese McGarry, Maureen O’Halloran, Maureen Sanderson, Carmel Pilcher (SA); front –
Winifred Fouhy Helena Tran, Christine McArthur (SA), Christina Dinh, Lyn Raftery and Dorothy Hoang.

Also in January, Sisters from four traditions of religious life, Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the former Federation Josephites of Perthville and Tasmania and Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the World came together as one congregation to renew their vows as golden jubilarians.

This was the first time in history that the four traditions, though ‘diverse in culture, nation, race’ have come together as one congregation to celebrate 50 years of religious profession.

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