Governor Commences Celebration With Book Launch15th August 2013

Government House, 15 August 2013
Her Excellency Governor Marie Bashir AC CVO will officially commence the 175 year anniversary celebrations of the arrival of the Sisters of Charity – the first women religious in Australia – at a ceremony at Government House today. As part of the celebrations, Her Excellency will launch a commemorative book commissioned especially for the anniversary: Impelled by Christ’s Love 175 Years Serving in Australia.

The five Sisters of Charity arrived in Port Jackson on the last day of 1838. They were dispatched from Ireland in response to an invitation from Bishop Polding by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity foundress Mary Aikenhead in response to her vision and practical enthusiasm for the poor, and her realisation of the dire conditions in which the convicts, aboriginals and settlers alike were experiencing in the new colony.
From these humble beginnings, the Sisters have today established themselves as one of the most significant healthcare providers in the not-for-profit sector and a major force in the Australian educational and welfare system – a testament to their Charism, Mission and Values.

These pioneering achievements in healthcare, education, welfare and research have been expertly captured by Impelled by Christ’s Love 175 Years Serving In Australia.

To interview Sr Annette Cunliffe, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity or to obtain a copy of Impelled by Christ’s Love 175 Years Serving In Australia please contact David Faktor on 02-8382 2866.