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Eulogy for Sister Margaret Maher RSCJ 10th October, 2017

Eulogy for Sister Margaret Maher RSCJ 10th October, 2017

Sister Margaret’s most recent call from the Lord was very sudden – neither she nor her community had anticipated it at this point and it has come as a shock for her loving and dearly loved family. But when I reflected on her life I saw that it did fit a pattern of the Lord’s dealings with his beloved Margaret. He often asked the unexpected, and she was always prompt and generous in her response. Margaret was born on September 10th, 1929, the middle one of three children: Leo and Patrick were her brothers. Her family lived in Island bay, Wellington, just below Erskine College. Neither her tram-worker father, James

RSCJ Join New Life Programme

RSCJ Join New Life Programme

During September to November inclusive Kim Sook Hee and Park Buk Sil both from KOC and Esmey Herscovitch from ANZ are participating in the New Life program at the Marymount Mercy Centre, Castle Hill near Sydney. Participants in this particular group are all from the Asia-Pacific Region except one who comes from Kenya. The program includes local presenters who are experts in their fields which include scripture, ecology and cosmology, prayer, art therapy and journaling, culture, Christology, Church and mission … Spiritual companioning weekly and an 8 day retreat are included. Experiences together also occur from time to time such as a bush walk and a trip up the Hawkesbury

RSCJ Provincials Meet in France

RSCJ Provincials Meet in France

Sr Lynette Toohey, Provincial of the Australia – New Zealand Province, will leave on Sept 11 for Joigny, France, the birth place of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, to join eight other RSCJ who have recently been appointed to Provincial Leadership in their respective provinces. Their intensive programme will run for 10 days. “Please keep me in your prayers during this time. I trust that it will be a time rich in learning, relationships and steeped in Sophie’s spirit. Be assured that I will hold each one of you very especially in my prayer and heart as we gather in Sophie’s birthplace and hometown.” – Lynette We farewell Lynette with our

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

Nineteen RSCJ from ANZ arrived at St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills on 1 August 2017, together with Sister Margaret Endicott RSM, our facilitator. This has been the place where we have met for a number of years. The warmth of hospitality gives a sense of homecoming. Lynette led us in prayer to open the gathering, focussing on the calls of the General Chapter 2016. Our facilitator, Sister Margaret Endicott RSM had prepared for each one of us what might be called a guidebook for the pilgrim. That was the theme of the days, as we embarked on the facilitated process of discernment about our future. The opening words of the guidebook

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

Gathering at Baulkham Hills to begin the process of reimagining how we organise ourselves I still have ringing in my mind the final hymn I am with you on the journey and I will never leave you … and we are on a journey that has truly begun but the process was part of a continuum and this gathering was another step in the process; it was obvious that it was so and there is still much work and reflection before decisions are made. Hints of spring in budding wattle and later sunrises and sunsets added a note of hopefulness. Much of the time we worked at our tables in

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

On August 1st, 2017, those still able to travel the distance greeted each other with genuine longing to be together, ready to embark upon the hard work needing to be addressed. I felt a sense of connection with all, past and present, who had journeyed with us in former years, but who can no longer physically manage to join such gatherings. The familiar surroundings of Baulkham Hills Spirituality Centre greeted us on arrival, its beauty promising to sustain the reflective energy levels of our group. This time together cemented the commitment that each RSCJ has for moving forward as a Australia New Zealand Province during these times of change. The

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

As we gathered around our tables at St Joseph’s, Baulkham Hills, for our Assembly, the small labyrinths at the centre of each table gave us a clue to the spirit in which we would explore the way we might organise ourselves in the future. If we were a commercial company we might have said that we were about to engage in some “blue sky thinking” but, for us, the image of a pilgrimage was more inspirational. The various items that are the traditional signs of a pilgrim on a journey, staff, sandals, backpack etc invited us to think creatively about what would be essential on the way ahead and what

A REFLECTION ON THE VOWS

A REFLECTION ON THE VOWS

The students at Kincoppal-Rose Bay celebrate Sacred Heart Day on a date that fits in with the school calendar as often the feast occurs it the holidays.  The two or three occasions when it does coincide the RSCJ in Sydney have attended the Mass and renewed their vows.  This was greatly appreciated by both staff and the students old enough to understand.  This year as Sacred Heart Day was celebrated before the feast I was asked at the Mass to say something about the vows in place of an actual renewal.  I wanted to share with you what I, representing the RSCJ, offered in few words as an understanding of

National Sorry Day in Australia

National Sorry Day in Australia

St Madeleine Sophie would have approved of Sorry Day being so close to her Feast Day, but it does mean that we gather for two significant liturgies on consecutive days at Stuartholme. On Thursday we gathered in the Chapel for a prayerful Mass in honour of Sophie followed by celebrations on the Oval. The following day, we gathered again in a more solemn mood for our annual National Sorry Day Liturgy. Our Liturgy was introduced by reminding us of its special significance this year. “In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.