Sr Amanda renews her vows

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In January, Congregational Leader, Sr Clare Nolan, welcomed a group of fifteen Sisters of Charity gathered in Mononia Chapel, to join with Sr Amanda Nguyen in renewing her vows for two years.

Sr Clare reminded us that our own formators wanted only one thing for us – to be and become the Sisters of Charity Mary Aikenhead would be proud to call her daughters. Urged on by the love of Christ to be women of prayer, living an apostolic life in the spirit of St Ignatius. It is a life that just flows.

It was a very simple and meaningful ritual and the joy was felt by all. Added to the joy –  it was Amanda’s father’s 80th Birthday.

Amanda chose the theme of Matthew 6: 26-34 – “Trust in Divine Providence” – and there was a shared reflection on the Gospel reading which was enriching. Sr Josephine Cannell lit the Gospel candle at the Gospel acclamation.

After Amanda renewed her vows she proclaimed to the community: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20.

After the final hymn Amanda spoke to the Sisters and began with “I bowed my head to the ground to thank Jesus for inviting me to continue this journey. It is a happy day and grace-filled day for me…thank you for the gift of you and your presence today, and for all your love and support along the way.”

A beautiful morning tea followed, thanks to the hospitality of the Mononia community.

– Sr Regina Millard rsc, Co-Ordinator Temporary Professed Sisters

Sr Amanda has now moved to Sydney, where she has begun her new ministry at St Joseph’s

Image 1 shows: Back row – Srs Cate, Virginia Mahony, Pam Grime, Suzette Clark, Clare, Amanda, Colleen Jackson, Mary Gabriel Clarke, Anna Parlevliet, Regina Millard;
Front row – Srs Helen Malone, Patricia Walker, Josephine Cannell, Margaret Mary O’Rourke, and Deirdre Hickey
Image 2: Sr Josephine and Sr Amanda
Image 3: Srs Clare, Amanda, and Regina at the renewal of vows

THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
When we have so much to praise the Lord for, we must not complain.
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True affection is to rejoice in the happiness of our dear ones. Never allow a sentiment of resentment to enter into our hearts.
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Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
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May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
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We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
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Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
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We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
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Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
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Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
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What we do ought to be done well.

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