Do you remember 1966 – our centenary of our founding by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods?
We – the 2019 Golden Jubilarians began our journey into Josephite life at Hunters Hill – 66 of us from Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
On 2 January 2019 we gathered at Baulkham Hills to celebrate the 50 Years of our journey as Professed Sisters of Saint Joseph. Our number of 21 was enriched by the presence of Mary O’Dea from Goulburn and from Perthville Mary Comer, known to us from her years at Xavier Institute and Training College in our earlier days. Unfortunately, Yvonne Tobin from the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration was unable to join us.
On arrival at Baulkham Hills joy and excitement overflowed as we connected and shared many stories of our 5 years together in formation, the memories of Mary O’Dea and Mary Comer, as well as the fusions of our Congregations.
Our Congregational Leader, Sister Monica Cavanagh, facilitated a time of reflection and sharing of the significant times of our journeys. Her concluding words to us…
…were a great introduction to our celebrations and time together.
Sister Maryellen Thomas spoke to us and reflected back to us the following:
We are grateful to Monica, Maryellen and Catherine Shelton for their presence and time spent with us.
We celebrated our Jubilee Eucharist and dinner on 4 January with many friends, family members, past formators and Congregational and Regional Leaders. Fr Dennis Crameri, the brother of Kath Crameri, was our Eucharistic celebrant and we were grateful for his encouraging us to have an inclusive and participatory liturgy.
Another highlight of our time together was on 6 January when women who had been part of our journey joined us for dinner and Eucharist with Fr Tom Gleeson from South Australia. Colleen Lenord had come from California to be with us for these days and we appreciated her musical accompaniment for our celebrations. Again, we had a wonderful time sharing memories as we continue to share our Josephite spirit and companionship.
Finally, we give thanks to
- Our Congregational Leadership Team and staff for their support, generosity and hospitality to us
- To Ann Love and Annie Bond for their involvement in the organisation of these days
- For the wonderful staff at Baulkham Hills for their welcoming and hospitable care of us and the delicious meals we enjoyed throughout our stay
- The staff from Mary Mackillop Place for their assisting at the Jubilee dinner for us and our guests.
We share with you the blessing that concluded our Jubilee Eucharist:
God, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendour of creation,
in the beauty of human life.
Touched by your hand, our world is holy.
Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us and to share your blessing
with our brothers and sisters.
Ann Neven rsj
Please find below, videos from the 2019 Golden Jubilee Eucharistic Celebration:
Renewal of Vows