If a heart is filled with the fire of love for Christ, it will automatically share this heat with others just as a burning stove radiates its hidden warmth.
DIAMOND JUBILEE 2013
A very joyful day was celebrated on Sunday February 3rd with Sr. Joan Fisher on her Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession. The ceremony and celebrations with Joan and her family focussed on the love and faithfulness of God.
Over many years Joan has been involved in spiritual direction and retreat work. This is still part of her life and ministry.
Warm congratulations Joan! Our love and prayers are with you!
Joan is pictured with Sr. Maureen Smith, MSC
Sr. Carmel Butler, MSC
sr. johan kwon msc
Over the last years, several of our MSC Sisters from Korea have been our guests for varied lengths of time. They have come to Australia to learn English, to study or to experience another culture and share our lives.
Our Korean Province has nearly 200 Sisters who serve their people in a variety of ministries, mainly in Korea but also several sisters work alongside our sisters in other countries.
Sr. Johan arrived in April last year to continue with her English and to further her studies in the area of Business Administration.
We enjoy her youthfulness, enthusiasm and energy and admire the way she has learnt to live in Melbourne, make friends and share in the life of our Australian Province.
Sr. Maureen Smith MSC
Srs. Benedict, Goretti & Floriane
with Sr. Maureen Smith MSC Province Leader
SR. GORETTI EVANS - GOLDEN
SRS. FLORIANE MELINZ & BENEDICT COOKE - DIAMOND
It was a warm Sunday afternoon when families and friends from near and far gathered at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene, to celebrate Jubilees of Gold and Diamond.
Sr. Goretti was born and grew up in Melbourne. While working at Mena House Hospital, East Melbourne, she came to know our sisters and was inspired to join the community. Goretti made her First Profession at Mary’s Mount in 1962. She trained as a nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital, Moreland, thus her openness to and care of others took wings and became lifelong. Goretti became Superior & Matron at Holy Cross Hospital, Geelong, and later, at Sacred Heart Hospital, was Director of Nursing. She was instrumental in assisting the Sisters of St Joseph initiate the School Nursing Program at Mount St Joseph’s College, Altona and for many years was the Nurse/Manager of the Christian Brothers’ Aged Care Facility, Parkville. Now she is the Brothers’ Aged Care Co Ordinator. Goretti continues to be a very valuable resource person in the field of nursing for our own sisters & for many others as well.
Sr. Floriane was born in Croatia. From the age of nine she wanted to be a missionary and has lived in that spirit ever since. As a young woman she entered the MSC Sisters in Hiltrup, Germany, and at about the same time her family migrated to Australia. After her First Profession, Floriane left Germany with eleven other sisters, braving the elements on the “Skaubryn” bound for Papua New Guinea where our main mission, Vunapope, was still in ruins after World War II. Floriane worked on a leper station and later on the island of Tanga. Her practicality serves her well, she can set her hand to anything. But above all, she is a person of joy and great trust in God. In 2000 she transferred to the Australian Province. Tabulam and Templer Homes for the Aged and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Bayswater, became beneficiaries of her kindness and presence. Now she resides at our Hospitality House in Deepdene and continues to be available and alert to the needs of others.
Sr. Benedict was born and grew up in Melbourne. Following her First Profession at Mary’s Mount, Balwyn, in 1952, she studied at Emily McPherson College of Domestic Science. She used these skills with kindness, care and hospitality at Mary’s Mount, in our hospitals – Holy Cross, Geelong, and Sacred Heart, Moreland, and with residents at St Joseph’s Tower, Kew, always with a welcome to the visitor. Later, she worked in Pastoral Care at Sacred Heart Hospital and at St Joseph’s Tower before moving to St Albans East in 1992 where she continued her ministry of pastoral care and hospitality within the parish and neighbourhood. Benedict now lives at St Catherine’s, Balwyn, where she continues to be a hospitable and caring presence.
Congratulations Goretti, Floriane and Benedict!
Sr. Carmel Butler MSC
95 Years Young
On the 17th May Sr. Bernadette Howard’s 95th Birthday was celebrated with thanksgiving and joy.
The celebration began at 7am Mass and continued throughout the day with the postman and the fax machine delivering lots of lovely greetings and the Sisters calling by to offer congratulations and to enjoy birthday cake and a cuppa.
Two days later, Bernadette’s own sister and about twenty five nieces and nehpews came to a birthday afternoon tea with the little ones helping to blow out the candles.
It was a very memorable occasion to honour and give thanks for a very special lady!
Sr Carmel Slattery msc