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Brisbane sisters celebrate jubilees

Brisbane Sisters of Mercy gathered recently in All Hallows’ Chapel for Eucharist and the naming, calling and blessing of four golden and ten diamond jubilarians. Sister Catherine Rueter RSM reports.

Pictured: (standing left to right) Sisters Regis Mary Dunne RSM, Margaret O’Donoghue RSM, Mary Anne O’Connor RSM, Mary Murphy RSM, Mary Tutin RSM, Anne McDonnell RSM, Valda Cervetto RSM, Patricia McGovern RSM; (seated) Sisters Patricia Diehm RSM and Mary Cecelia O’Sullivan RSM

On Sunday May 24, the Brisbane Congregation of Sisters of Mercy gathered in All Hallows’ Chapel, a place made holy by the footprints of many generations of Sisters of Mercy, for Eucharist and the naming, calling and blessing of four golden and ten diamond jubilarians.

On Ascension Day the community was reminded not to look up into the clouds questioning Jesus’ absence but to focus on his presence and at ground level see his footprints. The jubilarians were reminded that in their footprints, in their life tracks, others see signs of Jesus’ presence. In their faithful living, generous commitment and loving relationships based on compassion, respect and sensitivity to people Jesus continues “to become flesh and dwell among us”.

Within the Introductory Rites, the ritual actions of Baptism; naming, clothing and blessing were remembered as each jubilarian heard her name spoken with love, was enfolded with a beautifully woven stole and was blessed by the sprinkling of life-giving water.

After the Scripture readings for the Ascension were proclaimed and the Word of God broken open by our celebrant, Father Ray Crowley, the sisters renewed their religious dedication promising to live in the service of others within this Institute of Mercy totally, freely and forever.

In the words of Christopher Walker’s song This Day was Made by the Lord “Let us rejoice, let us be glad!” the jubilee celebrations continued after Eucharist with the community rejoicing and being glad as we shared a wonderful luncheon and were enrich by the lives and stories of our jubilarians.

From: Sister Catherine Reuter RSM