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.
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.Jump to next article