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Final ProfessionMarch 28, 2005
Sister Ann-Maree O’Beirne made Final Vows on 6 March in the Cathedral of the Bathurst Diocese. Congregational Leader, Sr Gabriella Gresz received Ann-Maree’s vows before a packed Parish Sunday Mass Congregation, and many Sisters of Mercy from Bathurst and other Mercy Congregations. Bishop Patrick Dougherty, Bishop of Bathurst, was the main Celebrant. The fourth Sunday of Lent, being “Rose Sunday” allowed for the creation of a beautiful ambience – a fitting setting for the solemn and moving ceremony. For many people in the Cathedral Parish, where Ann-Maree has worked as liturgist for the past three years, this was the first Religious Profession Ceremony they had witnessed. In the Cathedral were Ann-Maree’s parents, Jim and Kate O’Beirne from Melbourne and many other members of her family, as well as friends. Before the final blessing, the Bishop invited the other young Mercies, who had traveled from Melbourne and Parramatta Congregations, to join Ann-Maree at the front of the Cathedral, making the Australian Mercy Institute visible on this significant occasion. The Institute Leadership was formally represented by Councillor Sr Karon Donnellon RSM. Parishioners celebrated with Ann-Maree in the Parish Hall over morning tea, and family and friends later gathered at St Joseph’s Mount for lunch.