God does not create from a distance. He is in us, in our most intimate depths, more present to us than we are to ourselves.
January 1 – Feast of Mary, Mother of God, mother of the Prince of Peace.
In 1969 Pope Paul VI brought forth this ancient Marian feast to the octave of Christmas and instituted a day of Prayer for World Peace on this day.
May the Lord bless you and keep you
……..and bring you peace
Numbers 6, 22ff (From Readings of the Day)
CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO ALL!
The Lord became flesh and lived among us
MSC SISTERS PROVINCE CHAPTER 2013
MSC Sisters of the Australian Province gathered in Melbourne from 16-18 December for our Province Chapter facilitated by Sr Catherine Brabender, RNDM. Our Congregation worldwide has engaged in a process of reflection leading to and into our province chapters: Choose life – with renewed heart.
Each day we began around the cross with prayer taking us into the agenda of the day. A very important first step was the opportunity to review and to reflect together on the six years since our last chapter. Using story, music and poetry Br James Maher, MSC, drew us deeper into reflection on our own personal journeys and our communal journey: Choosing life – with renewed heart.
We then focussed on ‘conversation;’ our future; journeying together into the future. We confirmed our belief in the Aboriginal peoples and re-committed ourselves to their support. We wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, re the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers. Srs Patricia Kinlyside and Rosalind Cairns were elected as delegates to our General Chapter in Peru in mid 2014.
The chapter concluded with Eucharist celebrated by Fr Philip Malone, MSC. Taking the readings of the day he spoke about Jeremiah, Moses, John the Baptist and Mary as instruments of God’s design, means by which God’s plan became reality.
We continue our ‘yes,’ choosing life so that the Sacred Heart of Jesus may be loved everywhere.
– Sr Carmel Butler, MSC
SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY EVENTS of 2013
Annual Advent Gathering
Sr Patricia Rush
75th Anniversary of Profession
JUBILEES OF GOLD AND SILVER
Sr Carmel Slattery
Sr Carolle Barwick
Sr Bernadette Howard’s entry into Eternal Life 13 October 2013
Chevalier Day at Blackburn: Sr Annabella Muller OLSH, Sr Paula Powok MSC
Visit of Srs Dorothy Patiu and Paula Powok from Papua New Guinea for the funeral of Sr Bernadette.
Sr Rae Anne William’s entry into Eternal life 22 August 2013
Visit of Sr Mary Drum from Papua New Guinea.
Congratulations Mary on the publication of your book “Love is a Fire.’
St Pius X Parish West Heidelberg 60th Anniversary – 18 August
Feast of Sacred Heart 7 June
‘Out of his heart shall flow springs of living water.’
FEAST OF ANNUNCIATION
6 April 2013
Celebration of Feast of Annunciation – our Foundation Day with Launch of DVD: Hubert Linckens – with a heart for Mission produced by Carmel Butler, MSC
GENERAL CONFERENCE NAMIBIA
Srs Maureen Smith and Maureen Sheehan to General Conference in Namibia.
SR ROSALIND CAIRNS
The Compassionate Friends Victoria Inc. & The Rotary Club of Geelong Central presented Sr Rosalind, Manager of Health Chaplaincy Victoria the 2013 Compassionate Employer recognition Award on 12 March 2013.
“This award recognizes the exceptional level of care and compassion shown to employees following the death of a loved one.”
Congratulations Ros to you and your team!
Beginning of Chapter Preparation Process: Choose Life – with renewed heart.
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