The quotes by Mary MacKillop, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart” (1907) and “We have much for which to be thankful” (1873) were the mantras from the Litany of Gratitude spoken by all at Mass on Saturday 15 July, marking the conclusion of celebrations during our Sesquicentenary year.

The Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel, located in North Sydney, was filled with a beautiful spirit of joy and togetherness, and we were lifted to a place of grace. We knew we were on holy ground.

We were privileged by the presence of Theresa Adler, Elder of the First Nations people across seven groups of the Eora Nation and beyond. Her Welcome to Country was a most fitting foundation for our worship.

Bishop Brian Mascord (Wollongong Diocese) spoke sincerely of his sense of belonging with the ‘Joes’. The presence of the Josephite Companions, former Sisters, friends and colleagues who joined the Sisters, including the Lochinvar Sisters, added to this connection of hearts and minds, gifted with the charism.

The music was uplifting and encouraged us to sing in full voice. The Chapel rang with faith-filled ‘Josephite’ singing. Mary’s resting place was surrounded by heavenly voices. What a joy!

The Founders and Followers Committee were all very grateful for the support, encouragement and gratitude expressed to them for their contribution to marking the Sesquicentenary year (150 years) and, in particular, for organising this Mass of Thanksgiving.

Jeanette Foxe rsj
On behalf of the Founders and Followers Committee