Helping the tradition live on

In July the Sisters of Charity Colleges Street Retreat for colleges in our tradition is held. It helps Year 10 /11 students see the mission and work the Sisters of Charity have always been engaged in and to help students see how they can be ‘a friend of the poor’. Activities include a pilgrimage where…

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Voices from the heart

Recently Mary Aikenhead Ministries, which carries on the education, health and community service works established by the Sisters of Charity of Australia, launched a book called ‘Voices from the Heart’. The book provides a series of reflections, prayers and commentary for each a day of the year, with a Mary Aikenhead flavour. The book was…

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Launching of New College

On Friday 19 February All Saints College Liverpool officially launched their new College year with the opening college mass in St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney. This was the first time the new co educational college (formally the two colleges – All Saints Girls College and All Saints Boys College) had come together to celebrate the Eucharist…

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Decommissioning of All Saints Girls College, Liverpool

On Tuesday 8 December 2015, a special Mass was held in All Saints Church, Liverpool, to mark the decommissioning of All Saints Girls College (formerly St Mary’s High School) Liverpool. In 2016 the two All Saints 7-10 Colleges are to be combined as All Saints Catholic College, Liverpool. The Parish Priest, Fr Remi, was the celebrant. …

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Golden Jubilee Celebration, Sr Helen Clarke

Sr Helen Clarke celebrated her Golden Jubilee of Profession on Saturday, 30th January. The celebration commenced with a concelebrated Mass in St Ambrose Church at Concord West. Sr Clare Nolan, Congregational Leader welcomed all present at the beginning of the celebration and later presented Sr Helen with the Papal Blessing. Father Peter Clifford OFM was…

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One Day, Two Jubilees!

Thursday, 14th January 2016 was a very special day for the Congregation. We celebrated 70 years of Religious Profession for Sr Maria Therese Hess and Sr Eileen Duffy. Fr Steve, Parish Priest at St Peter’s, Clayton celebrated the Eucharist for and with Sr Maria Therese at 11.00am, as Sr Maria Therese was surrounded by the…

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Sr Dorothy Bayliss’ Ministry in Riimenze

On the 19th November 2015, at the house of the Berala Community, Sr Dorothy Bayliss RSC was missioned to a ministry in the Clinic at Riimenze, South Sudan, by Sr Clare Nolan RSC, Congregational Leader with these words: “today on your birthday, Dorothy, we mission you to be with and to serve the people of…

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Currajeen Retreat Centre, Doreen

    CURRAJEEN Spring of Living Water           We welcome you to our Retreat Centre Program of RETREATS. Please refer to the attached document for Retreat Programs for 2016. Currajeen,-2016, Doreen

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Golden Jubilee with a Difference

Sr Virginia Mahony, Sr Rose Holman, Sr Irene Crockett, Sr Colleen Holohan and Sr Mary Gabrielle Clarke planned their Golden Jubilee celebrations with a difference. We met in Sydney for a few days between 6th August – 11th August, 2015 and spent two of these days together, reminiscing, laughing, discussing and generally enjoying each others…

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200years Celebration at the Mater Hospital

To mark the 200 years since Mary Aikenhead founded the Religious Sisters of Charity in Ireland, the Executive of the Mater Hospital, North Sydney invited Sr Clare Nolan RSC, Congregational Leader and Sisters of Charity to a special Mass co-celebrated By Bishop Terry Brady DD, VC and Fr Paul Coleman, SJ and Fr Bob Bruce,…

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Mt Carmel College in Hobart honours its pioneers

In recent weeks Mt Carmel has completed a new metal relief sign that acknowledges the historical connection of the Sisters of Charity to Mt Carmel.  This is a fitting project in this year which marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Charity in Ireland by Mary Aikenhead. In 1838 Mary responded…

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Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Diamond Jubilarians On 6 August Srs Marina Ward, Margaret Nabbs and Deirdre Hickey celebrated the wonderful milestone of their Diamond Jubilees, 60 years as a consecrated religious in the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity. Both Srs Marina and Margaret celebrated privately with their Communities. Sr Deirdre Hickey – 60 Years of Religious Profession as a…

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Sr Virginia Mahony’s Golden Jubilee of Profession: a reflection

In her homily at the celebration of Virginia’s Golden Jubilee, on Sunday 23 August 2015, Sr Margaret Beirne reminded those gathered that there are moments in all our lives when we have to take a major decision – perhaps to sacrifice something that attracts us, for a greater good – and perhaps some wise person…

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It’s that time of the year….final school exams for Yr 12 students

840 young women from Mt St Michael’s Brisbane Qld, St Vincent’s Potts Point NSW, Bethlehem Ashfield NSW, Bethany Hurstville NSW, Catholic Ladies College Eltham Vic and and St Columba’s Essendon Vic are about to begin their exams and set forth on their post school lives. To support the 840 young women in Yr 12 in our…

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International Mass, Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook

On 15 August, 2015, our Australian Sisters joined with Sisters of Charity from across the globe at the 200 year celebration Mass of the foundation of the Religious Sisters of Charity.

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200 years Celebration from Donnybrook

  The Sisters with their friends and families gathered at Donnybrook on 22nd July 2015, to continue the 200 years celebration of the Religious Sisters of Charity in Ireland on the 157 anniversary of Mary Aikenhead’s death.  Below is Sr Mary’s welcome address and the YouTube link. ************************************************************************************************************************************* Welcome address – Sr Mary Christian RSC…

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Sr Leone Wittmack on her new Ministry

Sr Leone Wittmack RSC, a Sister of Charity, was missioned to a new role as a Mission Facilitator with Catholic Care in the Northern Territory.Sr Leone commenced in this this role early in 2015. She was delighted to have this opportunity and it seems to match well with her gifts and experience. Our very best…

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St Clare’s College Golden Jubilee

St Clare’s College in the suburb of Griffith, Canberra has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation. On Sunday, 31st May 2015 a special Eucharist was celebrated in the College Chapel with Bishop Pat Power as celebrant. In his early years of priesthood he was College chaplain for many years.        …

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Religious Sisters of Charity 200years Celebrations Mass

Mass to launch the Founding Congregation’s 200 Celebrations on Sunday, 26th April 2015 at 3.00pm Please click the link below for the  live streaming of the Religious Sisters of Charity Mass from Aughrim Street Church, Dublin, where Mother Mary Aikenhead was officially announced as Venerable by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. http://youtu.be/G-20XPggxU0    

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Mary Aikenhead is Declared Venerable

Pope Francis Honours Founder of the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Australia. Given at Rome: 18th March 2015 Mary Aikenhead (1787-1858), who founded the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1815 to provide services to “the suffering poor”, has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis. Being declared Venerable is the second…

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Golden Jubilee of Sr Edith King and Sr Angela Burke

Fifty years ago the movie of ‘The Sound of Music’ was released; it was the story of a young girl who became a governess and made a difference in the lives of a family through music. She was encouraged to go back to basics (Let’s start at the very beginning) to climb mountains and to…

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Renewal of Vows – Sr Karen Nguyen, RSC

On 5th February 2015, Sr Karen Nguyen renewed her vows as a Sister of Charity during Mass at St Vincent’s Chapel, Potts Point. The quiet reverence as the Mass began within the chapel was a striking contrast to the activity outside – the jarring noise of the heavy construction equipment and laughter of students as…

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Invitation to an evening of connections and celebration

St Vincent’s College presents at evening of connections and celebration.  Five prominent women who inspire action, will share their story on Thursday, 5th March 2015, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at Tusculum, The Architecture Centre, 3 MAnning Street, Potts Point NSW, Bookings required as seats are limited.                  …

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An invitation to “Walk for Water Sydney”Journey – February 2015

JOIN THE “Walk for Water” Journey which will begin at 10.00am at Cataract Dam on Saturday, February 21, ending at Hyde Park via State Parliament at midday Saturday, February 28, when will have a celebratory welcome at the end.  Please feel free to join the Journey at any time along the way.

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GOLDEN JUBILEE – SR MARIE HAREN, RSC

Something very wonderful occurred on Saturday 7th February 2015! Sr Marie Haren’s 60th Anniversary of Profession was celebrated in a small family, community gathering in St Joseph’s Church and hall, Edgecliff. Fr Paul, one of the wonderful Franciscans in our Paddington/ Edgecliff Parish, celebrated the Mass and contributed so much to the solemnity and joy…

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DIAMOND JUBILEE – SR GERALDINE McGOWAN RSC

On January 14th in the beautiful Chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor at Randwick, we celebrated Sr Geraldine’s Diamond Jubilee with a Mass celebrated by Fr Gerard Kelly – a long time friend of Sr Geraldine. Some of the Little Sisters of the Poor, along with a group of Sisters of Charity and…

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200 Years Celebration of the Religious Sisters of Charity

The six of us from Mt Olivet Community who tuned in for the direct webcast from St Patrick’s Church Ringsend, LOVED it. The Liturgy was warm, inclusive and welcoming. We felt part of the RSC family gathered to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Founding Congregation. There was no doubt that it was a Parish Family…

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Commissioning of the new CL&C

8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – A wonderful feast and a joyful day for all RSCs! Commissioning of the new Congregational Leader & Council (2014-2020) Sisters of Charity of Australia, families and friends gathered for a special Eucharist led by Fr Paul Smith ofm for the commissioning…

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Missioning of two new Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries

On Friday, 5th December 2014, the Congregational Leader and Council of the Sisters of Charity of Australia held a missioning ceremony for two new Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries. This was held at the Congregational  office in Bondi Junction  as the last official act of Sr Annette Cunliffe and her Council, before Sr Clare Nolan…

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The Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life

    Please click the following link to access the Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Frances: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_lettera-ap_20141121_lettera-consacrati.html   Alternatively, please see attached document.Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life        

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Blessing and Opening of Mary Aikenhead Clinic at ACU Strathfield

  On Wednesday, 26th November 2014, a new Mary Aikenhead Psychology and Counselling Clinic was blessed and opened at the Strathfield campus of Australian Catholic University. This was a special a tribute to the Sisters of Charity who have been celebrating 175 years since the first five Sisters arrived in Australia on 31st January 1838.…

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Characters of the Cross

During the recent Kings Cross Festival several awards called Characters of the Cross were presented. The recipients were: Sisters of Charity: Sr Clare Nolan and Sr Deirdre Hickey, who are based at the House of Hospitality in Darlinghurst. This is where accommodation is offered to women from country areas who have relatives in St Vincent’s…

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Sisters of Charity Conversations – 22 November 2014

The Sisters of Charity invite you to: Sisters of Charity Conversations – Come, Listen, Share and LearnThe last conversation for 2014 will be a Reflection Day on Saturday, 22 November 2014 (10.00am to 4.00pm), hosted by Sisters of Charity in Shellharbour.

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Year 12 – 2014

Final classes?… Graduation days?.. Formals?… final school exams are on the horizon?. To support the 805 young women in Year 12 in colleges in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity we have given the students a small card. The card has a quote of Mary Aikenhead, our founder, words of encouragement, reflective pictures and the…

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27th General Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Australia

    On Sunday evening, 21st September 82 Delegates to the 27th General Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Australia gathered at St Joseph’s Centre for Reflective Living at Baulkham Hills. In addition to the Delegates Sr Mairead Ni Chuirc RSC, one of the general Councillors of our Founding Congregation, the Religious Sisters of…

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Sisters of Charity conclude celebration of 175 years in Australia

It was in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney that High Mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for the first five Sisters of Charity from Ireland the day after their arrival, 31 December 1838, on the “Francis Spaight”. So it was fitting that St Mary’s Cathedral was chosen for the Sisters of Charity national celebration at the conclusion…

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Celebrating 70 Years of Religious Profession

Sr Dorothy Barden, RSC celebrated her 70th Anniversary of Religious profession in the Chapel of St Joseph’s Village, Auburn, on 4th September.  Fr Bill Challenor, with whom Sr Dorothy had worked at Emu Plains Correctional Centre was the main celebrant at the Eucharist, accompanied by Fr Ray Farrell, PP of St John of God Parish, Auburn.…

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Golden Jubilees celebrated in Sydney and Melbourne

Three Sisters celebrated their Golden Jubilees in late August. Sr Anthea Groves and Sr Margaret Fitzgerald shared a celebration in Sydney on Sunday 24th August and Sr Colleen McDonald was able to join them. Bishop Terry Brady was the chief celebrant at the Eucharist in Sacred Heart Church, Darlinghurst where a large group of Sisters,…

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Diamond Jubilees – 60 years

5th August 2014 marked the Diamond Jubilees of Sr Nola Riley, Sr Margaret Mary O’Rourke, Sr Mathilde Harnischfeger, Sr Margaret Mines, Sr Helen Dearn and Sr Margaret Scully.   This occasion was celebrated in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.   Sr Helen Dearn celebrated at St Joseph’s Village Auburn, with Sr Margaret Scully, members of Sr Helen’s…

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Visit of the Sisters of Charity to Mount Carmel College

The link below will direct you to a photo album of the visit of the Sisters of Charity to Mount Carmel College, and the presentation of the plaque on Friday, 20th June 2014. The plaque was a gift from Mary Aikenhead Ministries for the 175 year Anniversary Celebration of the Sisters of Charity in Australia.…

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Invitation to “King Cross Street Retreat” – July 2014

DATE:  Friday, 4 July 2014 at approx. 5.00pm TO Sunday, 6 July 2014 (after lunch) For further information, please contact:  Ann Taylor:  anne.taylor@rscoffice.com or 0447 242 522    

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The Ripple Effect:

175 Years of Serving the Poor and Marginalised in Australia On 31st December 1838, a small pebble, in the form of five Religious Sisters of Charity, landed in the “pond” of the Catholic Church in Australia, “the most neglected part of the Catholic world”.  The sisters’ intent was to work with convicts at the Female…

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Sr Dorothy Bayliss on Christmas Island

Sister Dorothy Bayliss, RSC shares stories from her time on Christmas Island where she worked with Asylum Seekers and Refugees at the Mary Aikenhead Ministries Conference 2014 held recently. Video contains images that some viewers may find disturbing. Please click the link below to watch the full story. https://vimeo.com/98412441    

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175th Anniversary of the Sisters of Charity

 Celebrating 175 Years A Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on the 14 August 2014 will mark the end of a year’s celebration of 175 years since Sisters of Charity arrived in Australia. Other events have marked this anniversary in places associated with the Sisters. One of the most significant was that at Parramatta on Saturday…

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175th Anniversary – Brisbane Celebration 31st May 2014

Our sister Congregation in Australia are continuing their 175th anniversary celebrations this weekend with a major event in Brisbane.  It will be live-streamed so you may like to watch it.  Just click HERE  to bring you through the Cathedral of St Stephen webcast page.  The times are as follows:            Saturday, 31st May 2014           …

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“Early Sydney Pilgrimage”, June/July 2014

We invite you to join the “Early Sydney Pilgrimage”, to discover the stories, history and charism of the Sisters of Charity.   Date:  Saturday, 14 June  2014  OR  Sunday, 20 July 2014 Meeting Time:  10.00am Conclusion of Pilgrimage:  3.30pm Meeting place:  St Mary’s Cathedral RSVP:  Sr Anne Taylor – eventsrsc@gmail.com or call 0447 242 522

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175 years Celebration in Parramatta

Mass for Religious held at Cathedral Church of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, New South Wales on 5th April 2014 Please see below video to watch the full coverage of the celebration:

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A celebration at Katoomba…..

On Saturday 3rd May 2014, the St Canice’s Parish and School community had the opportunity to join the Sisters of Charity in a moving liturgy to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of their work in Australia. It was a wonderful celebration of history, tradition, and mission. The Sisters along with former Principals, staff, students, parents, clergy,…

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Invitation to Sisters of Charity Conversation – 13th May 2014

The Sisters of Charity invites you to: Sisters of Charity Third Conversation – Come, Listen, Share and Learn

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JRS begins new work with refugees in Nauru and Papua New Guinea

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) deplores the Australian government’s policy of dumping asylum seekers in impoverished countries such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea when they come to Australia by boat seeking protection. Cruel policies aimed at deterrence cannot be a substitute for a regional cooperation framework that would strengthen protection for asylum seekers, and…

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Sisters of Charity Conversations 2014: Remembering International Women’s Day

 We gathered in March for our first Conversation of 2014. It was related to International Women’s Day with the theme: Inspiring Change.  It was held at St Vincent’s College, Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point and we began with a shared outdoor meal. Our first speaker was Sr Mary Frances Gould, RSC, a Sister of Charity. Sr…

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175th Anniversary Celebration

@ St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne…. 22nd March 2014 Grey skies, misty rain and the stiff breeze of a Melbourne morning could do nothing to curb the sense of excitement and expectation as the crowds gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10.00am on Saturday, 22nd of March 2014. Delighted calls of recognition and reunions, the greeting…

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175th Anniversary Celebration

@ St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta…5th April 2014 During this year of 2014, the Sisters of Charity are celebrating the arrival of the first Religious women in Australia. In 1838, 175 years ago, at the request of Bishop Polding, five Sisters of Charity volunteered to make the arduous crossing from Dublin to Sydney to bring comfort…

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Reflections..175 years Celebration…Brisbane….31st December 2013

@ Kangaroo Point, Queensland Mt Olivet Convent, Kangaroo Point was where the 16 Queensland Sisters, joined by Sr Dorothy Bayliss, Sr Dorothy Barden, Sr Margaret Sapsford and Sr Libbey Byrne, gathered to tell and reflect on the story of the First Five Sisters who arrived at Port Jackson 175 years ago. The Catering Staff at…

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Reflections 175 years Celebrations….. 31st December 2013

@ Clayton, Victoria As I entered the room where we were going to celebrate 175 years of the Sisters of Charity in Australia, I felt a great sense of  excitement and anticipation from the atmosphere of unity in the room. The symbolism of the Francis Spaight sailing boats with the names of each sister on…

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Sisters of Mercy, Parramatta 125 Years Clebration

On Saturday, 1st March 2014, Sr Leone Wittmack and I represented our Sisters of Charity at the Celebration for the Sisters of Mercy, Parramatta 125 years of Foundation. We were very warmly welcomed especially by Sr Catherine Ryan, RSM, the Congregational Leader. Bishop Anthony Fisher was the Presider at our Eucharist which was celebrated in…

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Parramatta Pilgrimage – 30th March 2014

Discover the stories, history and charism of the Sisters of Charity We invite you to join the Parramatta Pilgrimage on Sunday, 30th March 2014. Please see details below:    

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National Lament

National Lament                   We are a society which has forgotten how to weep   Pope Francis Many people throughout Australia are disturbed by the punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum in Australia are being subjected.  The recent incident on Manus Island and the death of one person and the injury of many…

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Reflection… 31st December 2013

The Liturgy for our celebration of the arrival of the first five Religious in Australia —- Sisters of Charity from Ireland — was fraught with symbolism, allowing the beautiful, wonderful, heart-wrenching story to come to life, moving us and reminding us of the hardships and achievements that made us what we are today, as a…

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Golden Jubilee: Sr Genevieve Walsh, RSC

  On Sunday 2nd February 2014,  Sr Genevieve Walsh, RSC celebrated her Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession quietly during the celebration of the Eucharist in the Chapel of St Joseph’s Village, Auburn. It was a quiet but joyous celebration, with her brother Fr Kevin Walsh as chief celebrant, assisted by the parish priest, Fr Ray…

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First Profession of Sr Amanda Nguyen, RSC

On Saturday, 25th January the Sisters of Charity of Australia shared in the joyous occasion of the first Profession of Amanda Nguyen.  During the celebration of the Eucharist in the beautifully decorated Congregational Chapel at St. Vincent’s Potts Point Amanda pronounced Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience and Service of the Poor for three years…

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Celebration of the 175th Anniversary

of the Arrival of the First Five Sisters in Australia ‘This is the Day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad!’ 31st December 2013 was a very special day in the life of the Sisters of Charity of Australia. It marked the 175th anniversary of the first five women religious arriving on…

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MAGiS comes to an end……

Established in the lead up to World Youth Day in 2008, MAGiS was a partnership the Sisters of Charity of Australia had with four other Ignatian orders -Loreto Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, Religious of the Sacred Heart and the Jesuits. MAGiS worked successfully to engage young people in formation activities and immersion programs. A…

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Blessing of the College Sculpture

On Thursday, 21st November, seven Sisters of Charity were able to accept the invitation to join the community of All Saints Catholic Girls College, Liverpool, for the blessing of a sculpture of Mary which has pride of place in the quadrangle.  Commissioned by the former Principal, Jenny Stirling, the sculpture combines, as she requested, the…

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Joint letter to Prime Minister on term “Illegal maritime arrivals”

The Sisters of Charity of Australia was one of the 138 non-government agencies, faith-based organisations and community groups who supported the “Joint letter to the Prime Minister re use of the term “illegal maritime arrivals” (please refer to attached letter).  The letter was initiated by the Refugee Council of Australia.  Joint letter to Prime Minister…

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Blending the new and the old:

Sisters of Charity visit St Catherine of Siena Parish Caroline Springs On Sunday morning, 20th October, a mini bus headed out of the city via Fitzroy and Parkville to Caroline Springs. The destination was St Catherine of Siena Parish. Between the mini bus and several cars, 30 Sisters of Charity came to see the new…

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Year 12 – 2013

Year 12 – 2013 Over the coming weeks 746 young women from colleges in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity will begin their final exams and complete their secondary education. The colleges are: Mt St Michael’s Ashgrove, Qld St Vincent’s Potts Point, NSW Bethlehem Ashfield, NSW Bethany Hurstville NSW, Catholic Ladies College, Eltham, Victoria…

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Come, Listen, Share and Learn

The Sisters of Charity invite you to the last conversation for 2013, a reflection day hosted at Shellharbour on 23 November. Download the flyer for more information. Sisters of Charity Conversations Retreat flyer_FINAL3

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Sisters of Charity of Australia – Conversation 3

A Post NAIDOC week celebration of our Indigenous brothers and sisters  The evening began with a dance performed by the Garraway dancers, the Year 7-9 indigenous students of St Vincent’s College. They welcomed us to country. We then shared a meal of camel, kangaroo, lamb and beef which was prepared by the senior indigenous students…

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Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Sisters Helga Neidhart, Claudette Palmer, Patricia Walker and Margaret Beirne celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their Religious Profession on 8th August 2013.            Sr Helga and Sr Pat chose to have quiet celebrations with their communities, Sr Helga’s on the actual day and Sr Pat’s on 7th.  Each received a Papal Blessing during the Eucharist…

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Enough is Enough: It’s time for a new approach

The Refugee Council of Australia last week invited non-government organisations to become signatories to a Joint Statement that it released on 13th August 2013 to mark the first anniversary of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers. The Sisters of Charity of Australia and Catholic Religious Australia are amongst the 64 signatories to…

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Diamond Jubilee of Sr Patricia Coyle

On the actual 60th Anniversary of her first Profession, Sr Patricia Coyle celebrated quietly with her community, a few close friends and the Sisters from the Brisbane and Sophia Communities.  Sr Annette Cunliffe, the Congregational Leader was also in Brisbane for another commitment and was able to join the celebration and present a Papal Blessing…

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Founding Congregation Pre-Chapter Retreat 2013

An invitation came. My response was “yes”. I found myself on an international team of retreat directors with the delegates of the Religious Sisters of Charity, who were on retreat before their July 2013 Chapter.  The RSC delegates were from Ireland, England, Scotland, Zambia, Nigeria, California and Malawi.  And the retreat team of eight came…

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Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of Sr Josephine Hodges

On Thursday, 1st August 2013, Sr Josephine Hodges celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, sixty years of service as a Sister of Charity.    The actual date is 4th August  and Sr Josephine is one of four living Sisters who share this celebration, the others living in Brisbane and Melbourne.  Sr Josephine celebrated with Eucharist in the Chapel…

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Congregational Leader’s Feast Day Celebration

There has been a tradition of celebrating the Feast Day of the Congregational Leader in different States.  This year Sr Annette’s Feast Day was celebrated in Tasmania, where only three Sisters now live, though Tasmania is so important in the story of the Congregation.  It was the place that welcomed three of the original five Sisters…

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Sisters of Charity contribution to the Garvan Institute

On Friday, 5th July 2013 the Garvan Institute of Medical Research hosted a Morning Tea to honour the contribution of the Sisters of Charity of Australia to the Institute as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Institute. In 1857 the Sisters had established the first Catholic Hospital in Sydney, St Vincent’s College.  By…

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Reflections on Conversation 2: Spirit Within – 21 May 2013

It was a cold and stormy night and I really wanted to embrace my fluffy socks, flannelette pyjamas and a mug of hot milk.  It had been a long and tiring day.  However, I had agreed to attend The Conversation at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point.  By the end of the evening, I was so…

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King’s Cross Street Retreat: be still..listen..observe..talk..reflect

Come! Immerse yourself in this thriving metropolitan suburb, King’s Cross…..  Thursday, 4th July 2013 at 4.00pm to Sunday, 7th July at 12.00nn.  For further information, please contact Anne Taylor – info@magis.org.au or 0447 242 522  

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A Call to Prayer and Action for the “Keeping them home” campaign

The most recent data shows that the number of children being moved into out-of-home care in the Northern Territory has just about doubled since 2007.  Two-thirds of these children are being placed with non-Indigenous families away from their communities. Prayer: Please remember these families in your prayer. Action: Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/keeping-them-home-stop-the-forced-removal-of-aboriginal-children-from-their-families This shows just…

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Sr Margaret Mines, Sister of Charity

This is the second of a series of stories from members of religious orders celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Congregations of Religious Australia, Queensland (CRAQld).  Sr Margraret Mines RSC reflects on her life with the Sisters of Charity.            

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Sisters of Charity Conversations – Come, Listen, Share & Learn

Sisters of Charity invites you to the next Conversations – Tuesday, 21 May, 6.00pm at St Vincent’s College, Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point. During the 2013, the Sisters of Charity will be hosting the following events:    Conversations:  21 May, 23 July — Reflection Day: 23 November –  Street Retreat/Immersion: 4-7 July Kings Cross.      

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UNANIMA International – Update April 2013

          OUR SIDE EVENT AT CSW57 International politics got in the way; our two Kenyan women were denied a visa (or had one taken away, literally at the last minute). So, as Radoslaw Malinowski (the administrator of our project in Kenya) said, “a Polish male had to represent two Kenyan women.”…

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Gadigal Artist’s Painting

St Vincent’s Health Australia [SVHA] commissioned Mr Charles (Chicka) Madden to paint a work to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first five Sisters of Charity in Australia on 31st December 1838. “Uncle” Charles is an elder of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the peoples on whose land Woolloomooloo, the…

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Reflections on Sisters of Charity Conversation 1- International Women

On Tuesday, 5March 2013, a group of 25 interested people – teachers from St Vincent’s and other colleges linked to the Sisters of Charity, parents, students, ex students and Sisters of Charity  gathered at St Vincent’s College for a celebratory evening sharing experiences with and for International Women. The evening began with the sharing of…

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Conversations

Sisters of Charity Conversations FIRST CONVERSATION – Tuesday 5 March, 6pm St Vincent’s College, Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point Hope to see you at SVC to hear Sr Dorothy Bayliss rsc, Sr Anne Crowley rsc and Elizabeth Grey as they share their experiences of working with and for women in an international context. For more information…

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Naming of Nursing Laboratories at ACU Melbourne

On Friday, 15th February a simple but moving ceremony was held in the new Mannix Building of Australian Catholic University [ACU], Fitzroy Campus. The purpose of the ceremony was to name, officially, three new state-of-the art Nursing laboratories in honour of Sr Maria Cunningham RSC who died in March 2012. Sr Maria had given all…

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New Executive Director for Sisters of Charity Outreach, Sydney

On Friday 1st February, Fr Laurie Christy celebrated the Mass to open the New Year, 2013, for Sisters of Charity Outreach, Sydney.    The theme of the celebration was “Come into the Garden” and Father Laurie wove that theme into his inspiring homily.                 A large group of volunteers,…

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Jubilees in January 2013

In January a number of Sisters of Charity of Australia reached the milestones of 50, 60 and 70 years of service of the community as professed Sisters. Sr Joyce Ginn and Sr Pauline Nicholson held quiet community celebrations of their Golden Jubilee, which occurred on 15th January. On 5th January Sr Rose Anne Croke and…

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Missioning of Sr Claudette Palmer RSC to Southern Sudan

On Thursday, 13th December a missioning ceremony was held in our Bondi Junction offices for Sr Claudette Palmer.  Claudette left for her year’s volunteer ministry there on Sunday, 16th December. The ceremony, entitled Women’s Corroboree used on lights and a scarf with an aboriginal depiction of women empowering one another. At the conclusion of the…

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Sacred Heart Parish Cabramatta Farewells Sisters

  On Sunday, 16th December 2012, Sacred Heart Parish Cabramatta, farewelled the Sisters of Charity of Australia from this Parish where they have served since 1935. Fr Patrick McAuliffe and Fr Liem Duong concelebrated the Mass and the children from the school provided the choir and readers, with many more children attending.   Two children…

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MAGiS Australia Sevenhill Retreat 9-14 December 2012

Silent retreat with group spiritual direction. Venue:  Sevenhill Retreat Centre, Clare Valley region, South Australia Cost:  $300 To register:   email   rachel@magis.org.au

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Looking Forward……

Over the coming weeks 750 young women from colleges in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity will begin their final exams and complete their secondary education. The colleges are: Mt St Michael’s College, Ashgrove, Queensland St Vincent’s College, Potts Point, New South Wales Bethlehem College, Ashfield, New South Wales Bethany College, Hurstville, New South…

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Facing the Truth

The Church in Victoria has made a submision to the Victorian Inquiry into the handling of Child abuse by religious and other non-Government organisations.  The submission is entitled “Facing the Truth” and it can be accessed at www.facingthetruth.org.au.  The contact person for any inquiries about the submission is Mr James O’Farrell: Telephone: (03) 99265771 Email:…

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ACRATH’s recent visit to Canberra

Following on from their very successful visit to Federal Parliament Australian Catholic Religious Against Traffiking in Humans (ACRATH) have released a Newsletter giving details of their visit. The Newsletter includes references to ACRATH being acknowledged in Hansard during the lead up to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 passing…

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Sr Gemma Martin’s 70th Anniversary Celebration

The sisters at Moonee Ponds arranged a simple, special celebration for Sr Gemma on her 70th anniversary of Profession as a Sister of Charity on Monday, 27th August 2012, Feast of St Monica. On the day, Sr Mary Gabrielle brought Sr Gemma to the convent where Monsignor Peter Kenny came to offer Mass.  Sr Gemma…

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Celebrations at Mt Carmel College Sandy Bay, Tasmania

Everything went well at the Mount Carmel College 70th Anniversary celebrations, according to a (possibly biased) section of the audience, Sisters of Charity.   Sr Anne Turner  read very well, a message sent by Sr Annette Cunliffe, Congregational Leader who was unable to be present. The Mass was very beautiful, especially the magnificent singing by the…

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Platinum Jubilee: Sr M. Philippine Humphreys

On Monday, 27th August 2012, the actual day of the anniversary, Sr M. Philippine Humphreys, celebrated her Platinum Jubilee at St Joseph’s Village, Auburn. Sr Philippine was one of three Sisters of Charity sharing this wonderful achievement of 70 years of Religious Profession, all of whom celebrated on that day, one in Melbourne and one…

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St Joseph’s Collingwood Celebrates 150 Years of Catholic Education

  On Saturday, 25th  August, current and former students, parents and staff gathered in the parish hall to celebrate and give thanks for 150 years of Catholic Education at St Joseph’s Primary School, Collingwood VIC. Mass was concelebrated by the Parish Priest, Fr Peter Hoang and former parish priests, Fr Peter Varengo, Fr Ernie Smith and…

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Platinum Jubilee: Sr Marie Bourke

On Monday, 27th  August, Sr Marie Bourke celebrated her 70th year of profession as a Sister of Charity. Sr Marie resides at St Joseph’s aged care facility in Kensington, and the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart had gone to a lot of trouble to make the chapel and dining room very festive. A…

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UNANIMA International – Update

Irish Eyes Were Smiling …and so were eyes from Malawi, Zambia, Nigeria, and Australia, when I participated in a Dublin gathering of the Religious Sisters of Charity in mid-July. They were gathered for a variety of reasons: a week-long workshop on trafficking, a formation conference, the final vow preparation for some sisters from Africa, and…

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