Three Sisters celebrate their Diamond Jubilees in BrisbanePrint
Srs Carmel Coyle, Denise Hannebery, and Jan O’Grady met up in Brisbane to celebrate their milestones on a beautiful, late winter’s weekend.
Sr Denise pointed out that: “Our group was the first group to live in the new Wahroonga Novitiate and the largest group ever to join the RSCs – 17 of us! We now hold the record for the largest number of Diamond Jubilarians!”
Sr Jeannie Johnston reports: “Brisbane’s archbishop, Mark Coleridge, said the 11.30 am Mass and welcomed them to the Cathedral and told them that his long-time friend Sr Denise Hannebery was one of the three Sisters celebrating their Diamond Jubilees.
“Srs Jan and Denise took up the Offertory Gifts.
“After Mass they had their photo taken with the Archbishop. Following Mass was a high tea at The Keri Craig Emporium Fashion Café.”
Photograph right: Sr Carmel Coyle, Sr Denise Hannebery, Sr Jan O’Grady and Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Below: High tea at Keri Craig: Sr Denis, Sr Maureen Parker, Sr Dorothy Bayliss, Sr Jan O’Grady, Sr Suzette Clark, Sr Patricia Coyle, Sr Carmel Coyle, Sr Jeannie Johnson
There were, of course, words of thanks and congratulations from the Congregational Leader, Sr Clare Nolan:
To Sr Denise Hannebery
Your deep faith and genuine commitment to living the life of a Sister of Charity for 60 years is an inspiration to all… You are a quiet achiever of love! Thank you for your love.
Motto: In amore pro amore, per amore. (In love, for love, through love.)
To Sr Carmel Coyle
Pope Francis in his recent exhortation on the call to holiness encourages you “Always ask the Holy Spirit what Jesus expects from you at every moment of your life and every decision you make so as to discern its place in the mission you have received” (Gaudete Et Exsultate) and your motto To be one with Christ in All Things will continue to guide you.
To Sr Jan O’Grady
May you be encouraged by these words of Pope Francis: “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and bearing witness in all that we do, wherever we find ourselves” (Gaudete Et Exsultate). May your motto All for Jesus through Mary continue to guide you.
There was a separate celebratory Mass in the Giovanni Chapel of St Vincent’s in Kangaroo Point, celebrated by Fr James O’Donoghue.