Sr Teresita Marcelo: Every day, a call to respondPrint
Sr Tess, who ministered at St Columba’s College, Essendon, is now a Councillor of the Sisters of Charity of Australia.
Columba’s College is guided by the traditions and charisms of the Sisters of Charity, encompassed by Mary Aikenhead Ministries.
So, as the end of the year approaches, it is good to be able to pause from the hectic pace of College life and to reflect on the school year 2016.
St Columba’s College published a book called Voices from the Heart. Each staff member was given a copy for Christmas last year.
Throughout this year, the ministry I am involved in at the College reflected what our Principal, April Honeyman, expressed in the introduction of this book.
In reality, the events, experiences, even “miracles” that happened to me and the St Columba’s community are reflected in these: “…prayer is a powerful means of expressing our faith…. The charism of the Sisters of Charity is based on Ignatian spirituality. It gives us a story to enter (daily); a language to speak; a way to pray; and a face of God to see.” (April Honeyman)
Each day there is a call to respond to the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of the community, particularly the needs relevant to the developmental stage of every young woman in the College, and the needs of others, including the staff. How fortunate I am to be in the midst of all these, with God’s help!
One of the teachers gave me a poster which I have placed in front of my desk, and the words surely help when life in the College gets complicated: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you… and always trust in God’s ways… it may not be your chosen way….”
I thank God every day for our RSC motto: “The love of Christ urges us.”
Footnote: Mother Ursula Bruton, a Sister of Charity, founded St Columba’s College in 1897 after being transferred from St Vincent’s College in Sydney, as a way to offer girls in the Essendon area the chance to continue their education.
- This article first appeared in Keep In Touch (KIT) in December 2016. If you would like to be included in KIT magazine email out, please email James Griffiths at the Congregation office and he will add you to the distribution list.