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Jubilarians Honoured in South C and Central B


One of the highlights of each year are the many Jubilee celebrations held across the Institute.  These celebrations mark the anniversary of religious profession of Sisters who have contributed to the life of the church and wider community in so many ways. Just Mercy is pleased to report on two of these celebrations this month and looks forward to reporting on others in the coming months.

South C

On May 13,  South C Community, celebrated the commitment of nine Sisters at ‘L’unica on Parkville’. Over 160 Sisters were in attendance, coming from across Victoria and interstate.

The gathering commenced with a prayerful reflection and included a celebration of the lives of the Jubilarians, where Faye Kelly rsm (Community Leader) and Margaret Moore rsm (recently concluding her role as Acting Community Leader) called out each Sister’s name as well as her motto. As had been done in previous years, Moira Sheedy rsm very beautifully hand painted and framed each Sister’s motto and these were presented to the jubilarians at their tables during the celebrations.


After the Sisters renewed their vows, a slideshow of the life of the celebrated Jubilarians was shown. Each Sister supplied six photos and these images were played to the song ‘There is a Place’ by Liam Lawton.


South C Jubilarians:


Cutting the Jubilee Cakes L – R Julie O’Brien rsm, Joan O’Toole rsm, and Josephine Perversi rsm


L – R Paulina Fitzpatrick rsm and  Moira Sheedy rsm


L – R Aileen Coghlan rsm and Jean Walton rsm


Central B

The following Saturday, May 20, saw more celebrations, this time in Central B Community. Twenty-two Sisters’ Jubilees were fittingly recognised. Arriving by bus and car, Sisters gathered in St Patrick’s Church at South Grafton for the liturgy.


The Jubilarians entered in procession and were formally welcomed by Community Leader, Mary Geason rsm and by celebrants Frs Paul Winter and Fred Basco. All gathered were led into the celebration by commentator Colleen Brady rsm.


The festivities concluded with a celebratory meal at the ‘Grafton-on-the-Clarence’ where Institute Councillor, Barbara Bolster rsm spoke, acknowledging the many years of the Jubilarians lives of service – 40, 50, 60 and 70. Central B’s ‘senior’ 70-year Jubilarian, Aileen Larkin, had the honour of cutting the cake.


Central B Jubilarians:

70 Years
Janet Quade rsm
Aileen Larkin rsm
Patricia Lake rsm
Moya Lantry rsm

Aileen Larkin rsm


Catherine Corbett rsm, Joan Doyle rsm, Maryanne Loughry rsm


Back row: Mary Geason rsm, Colleen Rhodes rsm, Mary Lynch rsm Front row: Helen Law rsm, Eveline Crotty rsm


Back row: Anne Hughes rsm, Val O’Hara rsm, Rhonda Bast rsm, Margaret Shakeshaft rsm. Front row: Gabrielle Bloomfield rsm, Maureen Cawley rsm


Moya Lantry rsm, Patricia Lake rsm, Aileen Larkin rsm


Congratulations and thank you to these and the fine women of Mercy celebrating their jubilees this year. May God’s blessing continue to shine upon you all.

Stories and Photos from other Jubilee Celebrations
As mentioned above there are many other Jubilees that have occurred or will be happening across the Institute. We would love to publish a story and feature photos from these events here on the website and in Just Mercy. Please send your contributions to –


29 May 2017