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Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Jubilarians 2011

On Sunday 5th June, Ascension Day, the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation gathered in All Hallows’ Chapel to celebrate the 60, 50 and 40 years of Religious commitment of their Jubilarians.

(Back from left): Sisters Margaret Salmon (50 years), Anna Roughan (50 years), Fay McMeniman (50 years), Margaret Quane (50 years), Madonna Josey (50 years), Gabrielle Ryan (50 years), Catherine Strohfeld (50 years), Esther Dowling (50 years) (Middle from left): Sisters Anne Hetherington (50 years), Clare Mulcahy (50 years), Teresa Neylon (50 years), Elizabeth O’Keeffe (40 years), Patricia McCormack (50 years), Ann O’Regan (50 years).(Front from left): Sisters Margaret Cheers (50 years), Maureen Devlin (60 years), Nivard Smith (60 years), Franceen Blaylock (60 years), Miriam Devine (60 years), Lourdes Moylan (60 years), Veronica Clarke (60 years), Mary King (50 years).(Absent): Sisters Nora Fitzgibbon (50 years) and Elaine Wainwright (40 years)

Sandra Lupi, Congregation Leader, welcomed the Archbishop of Brisbane John Bathersby DD, Father Frank Gerry SVD, and Father Jerome Watt O. Carm as celebrants, and the twenty-two Jubilarians present. She invited the Sisters to reflect on ‘Our gift as Sisters of Mercy is to know God’s loving kindness and to share it with others’.

During the Ritual of Re-commitment Sandra called upon the Jubilarians to remember “The calling of all the baptized is to love Jesus Christ totally, freely, and forever. As Sisters of Mercy we choose to embody our love in the complete gift of ourselves through religious dedication. On this Ascension Day, and in the light of Easter faith, may you once again entrust yourself and the outcome of your journey to the loving heart of God. We celebrate this moment with you and surround you with our prayer”.

Celebrations continued as all gathered to share a meal, toasts, Jubilee cakes and the blessings of each other’s company. Messages to Mary Lawson rsm (mlawson@sombris.org.au)