Sisters’ Education Contribution in Orange Recognised
On Thursday June 11, a mass was held at St Joseph’s Church, Orange to acknowledge the conclusion of the Sisters of Mercy’s work in education in the district after a remarkable 150 years.
Five of the six sisters who live in Orange – Carmel Quade rsm, Moira Sullivan rsm, Jo Cook rsm, Margaret Commins rsm and Mary Trainor rsm attended the ceremony, bringing with them the love and support of Kaye Cole rsm who was not able to be present. Around 30 Sisters travelled from various parts of the Institute to be part of the celebrations, including Paula Smith rsm who gave a formal response from the Sisters to a speech by Catholic Education Director, Jenny Allen. Following the mass, refreshments were held and a cake celebrating the work of the Sisters was cut.
A beautiful tribute in the local newspaper, ‘The Central West Daily’ rightly said ‘thousands of Central West New South Wales students might have had a different education had seven Irish women not agreed to move to the other side of the world 150 years ago”.
Mary Trainer rsm, in her regular column in the Central West Daily, ‘The Power of Nun’, said, “After more than 150 years of Mercy Ministry within the Catholic schools of the Bathurst Diocese, this particular ministry has run its course, and the schools are now in the capable hands of dedicated and capable laity.
“The sisters, however, are not leaving town, and continue to live out their vowed life through exercising Mercy Ministry in a variety of different, and sometimes challenging ways.
“Mercy is not something that belongs to the sisters exclusively,” she said.
30 June 2017