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Spirit of the Sisters revitalised in new exhibition

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From The Irish Echo

A new Sydney exhibition preserves the history of an Irish order of nuns who founded one of the city’s largest hospitals.

The Sisters of Charity Heritage Centre opened in early June with a mission to relay the story of the women religious who founded Catholic schools and the ground-breaking St Vincent’s Hospital to care for Australians more than 180 years ago.

Congregation historian Sister Moira O’Sullivan, who arrived in Australia from Cork in 1939, said the exhibition was a testament to the unrelenting struggles and passion of the first Sisters who arrived in colonial Sydney from Dublin.

“They had morning and night visits to the Parramatta Female Factory where the female convicts were, and after some years they included the Catholic orphan school.

“They had to walk through bush, they would be walking on dirt roads.”

Originally sent to help alleviate the circumstances of convicts, the dutiful women soon turned their attention to helping the wider community.

Find the full story here in The Irish Echo online.

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