Beginnings

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To understand the role the Sisters of Charity in Australia, read a short history here.

There are also a number of books commemorating the Sisters since their arrival in Sydney in 1838, including:

To the beckoning shores: Urged on by the love of Christ, by Sr Josephine Cannell rsc (2007) Hear Sr Josephine interviewed for the 175th anniversary of the Congregation by ABC Radio in Tasmania.

Sisters of Charity of Australia 175 Years, compiled by Sr Moira Sullivan rsc (2013)

The Love of Christ impels us… To the ends of the earth, compiled by Sr Karan Varkar rsc (2015)

There are other monographs which might be useful in understanding the early history of the Sisters in Australia, including:

that of Dr Max Colman, who has written about the establishment of St Vincent’s, Sydney, in  The First St Vincent’s;

and that of Sr M. Bernadette Shand, who wrote to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Sisters of Charity in Australia 1838 to 1988.

Image shows Archbishop James Duhig of Brisbane opening Mt Olivet.

And for more on the history of the Sisters of Charity at St Vincent’s Hospital, click here.

 

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.

The Sisters of Charity acknowledge the First Peoples and traditional custodians of this land where we live. We respect, value and honour their history, culture and spirituality. We are committed to standing in solidarity and to actively working for justice, peace and harmony in this land.

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