Sisters of Charity Companions groups were established in Melbourne and Sydney in 2008. Initially the Sisters invited men and women who have been associated with the Sisters of Charity through their local parish or ministry to gather and explore ways in which we can continue our association with them. Several sisters are involved in both groups. We hope to also begin a group in Brisbane soon.
As RSC Companions we are inspired by the spirit, dream and life of Mary Aikenhead, foundress of the Sisters of Charity, and the unfolding of this dream over nearly two centuries.
We support one another by friendship, prayer and our endeavour to show Christ’s compassion to all, ever aware of, and responsive to the changing needs of the times.
Who is welcome?
Anyone who would like to join us as we gather for prayer, friendship, and reflection on life.
Summoned by Love
As we recommence our year you might like to join us in prayer with the beautiful blessing written for us one of our members, Shaun Dowling-Horgan.
RSC Companions Prayer
– Shaun Dowling Horgan
May Mary Aikenhead’s life journey have a positive impact on our lives.
Mary was a woman of vision, who founded the Sisters of Charity in Ireland.
May we discover the value and gift of community.
Mary was a woman of trust, who relied on Divine Providence.
May we experience the inner calm of such reliance.
Mary was a woman of compassion, who visited prison to offer a gentle presence.
May we be aware of, and responsive to, those imprisoned by fear and loneliness about us.
Mary was a woman of the people, who walked the streets in the spirit of the Gospel.
May we connect with others wherever we may be led.
Mary was a woman of innovation, who sought new ways to live out her life vocation.
May we have the courage to explore and embrace the adventure of life.
Mary was a woman of vulnerability, who continued to shine even when confined to a wheelchair for her last twenty seven years.
May we draw on our resilience when challenged by our fragile humanity.
Mary was a woman of generosity, who sent the first five sisters to walk on Australian soil to minister to those in poverty, including convict women.
May we be guided by the spirit of selflessness and kindness in our every action.
Mary was a woman of faith, who allowed the love of Christ to urge her on.
May we feel the inner warmth of such a divine fire burning within.
May the legacy of Mary Aikenhead inspire us to follow her example of heartfelt commitment to those people on the margin of society; sensitivity to brokenhearted individuals; and, affirmation of the dignity within each person.