In Loving Memory of Angela Hynes

Photo by Elizaveta Strelkova.

Sr Angela Hynes entered eternal life on 23 December 2021.

We celebrate and give thanks for the life of Sr Angela.

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In Loving Memory of Sr Marion Liddy

Photo by Elizaveta Strelkova.

Sr Marion Liddy entered eternal life on 1 January 2022.

We celebrate and give thanks for the life of Sr Marion.

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Birth of Mary MacKillop – 15 January 1842

Birth site of Mary MacKillop in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

In 1891, during a worldwide depression, the people of Melbourne city suffered greatly. Those who were rich lost their investments, those who were poor lost their work, the poorest were homeless and slept on the streets. The Archbishop of Melbourne had a heart for the poor and he talked to Mary MacKillop, the new Josephite in his diocese, about his worries.

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The Baptism of Jesus, A Story of Two Cousins

The baptism of Jesus, celebrated on 9 January, reminds us of two cousins; Jesus and John the Baptist and their mission, their relationship, their lives and their God consciousness revealed in their ministries.

The relationship touchingly begins with the meeting of their pregnant mothers, Mary and Elizabeth, who were delightfully surprised by their unborn babies, greeting each other (Lk 1:44). Thirty years later, the cousins meet at the River Jordan. John is preaching a baptism of repentance, ‘preparing the way of the Lord’ and points to Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus requests baptism of John, who only consents when Jesus says: ‘let it be so now, for it is proper for us in this way to fulfil all righteousness’ (Matt 3:19).

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World Day of Peace 2022

Pope Francis with a white dove, symbol of peace. (Vatican News)

On 1 January every year, our Church leader, the Pope, marks the World Day of Peace with a special message inviting all people to reflect on the important work of building peace.

This long tradition began with St. Paul VI in 1967 and continued with St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and now with Pope Francis. I find it interesting that this day is not called a World Day of Prayer for Peace, important as prayer is. Rather, the Pope is calling us to more than prayer.

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Farewell to the Saint Mary MacKillop SuperCat

Sr Monica Cavanagh, Congregational Leader.

With over 20 years’ service under her helm, the St Mary MacKillop SuperCat ferry recently enjoyed a suitable send-off on Sydney Harbour.

Over 50 sisters and staff from the Sisters of Saint Joseph gathered to say a special farewell to the vessel which was named in honour of Australia’s first saint. Launching from McMahon’s Point and hosted by NSW Transport, the final cruise was an opportunity for everyone to enjoy one last ferry ride before her ‘retirement’.

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Christmas Message 2021

As we celebrate Christmas in 2021, the Sisters of Saint Joseph give thanks for the many gifts that have been shared during this special Year of Saint Joseph. We were delighted to receive a blessing and letter from Pope Francis acknowledging this special year.

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More Than Migrants

This year’s International Migrants Day on 18 December comes at a critical moment in the history of our country and world.

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has forced us, across all areas of our lives, to reconsider who we are and where we stand. It has surely been a momentous year for us, both as Australians and as Christians.

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