August 15, 2012
Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel has been the venue for numerous Religious Professions ceremonies for the Sister of St Joseph since 1914, but this morning, the Feast of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven we were privileged to witness something special.
Three Missionary Sisters of Service (Caravan Sisters) celebrated their Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession. It was a wonderful date to have chosen as it was also the anniversary of Mary MacKillop’s Religious Profession 145 years ago. Another interesting historical link with the Sisters of St Joseph is that the Founder, Fr. John Corcoran Wallis (1910-2001) - who had known the Sisters of St. Joseph in Victoria and Tasmania - based the Constitutions of the Missionary Sisters of Service on our Josephite way of life. The Missionary Sisters of Service, “saw the need to be available, flexible and free to respond. They did not always operate in pairs, there was no curfew, and they lived and worked beyond convents.”
The simplicity of the celebration emphasized the religious spirit of our guests whose ministry is to the poor and underprivileged. Fr. Graeme was the Presider and made Sisters Lorraine Groves, Kath Clune and Corrie van Bosch welcome on their 50th Anniversary of Religious Profession.
We congratulate Sisters Lorraine, Kath and Corrie on this marvelous milestone of faithful service.