A New Dream - A New Call!

8 December 2014

 A New Dream – A New Call !

By Sr. Mary Joseph25th Anniversary

“I have a dream.
One day, the
Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres
will establish
an Aged Care
serving
the local frail aged of Brisbane and
its migrants from
all parts of the world…”

(Fr. Albert Chan msc)

This ‘dream’ came true on December 8, 1989, and today – 25 years later, we are celebrating with gratitude and joy the Silver Jubilee of God’s call – our mission and ministry in Brisbane!

25th Anniversary
The day starts with the solemn Eucharistic Celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the priests enter in procession into the fully packed Chapel, the beautiful choir composed of our young Novices and Postulant bursts out singing “All the ends of the earth” and is immediately picked up by the enthusiastic congregation. You can at once feel the exciting heartbeats and youthful atmosphere permeating the whole assembly! The Most Rev. Mark, Archbishop Coleridge of Brisbane, our main Celebrant, smiles warmly to the Sisters as he walks behind his two brother bishops and eleven fellow priests. We are privileged to have honoured guests who have come from overseas and interstates to grace this celebration with their presence and they include Sr. Maximilian, the Provincial of Japan, Sr. Marie Bibianne, the District Superior of East Timor. Sisters who had formerly served side-by-side with us in Australia and who are now serving in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Chinese Community of Brisbane, the local counsellors of Logan City, as well as the Directors of our Residential Aged Care Advisory Board.
In his homily Archbishop Mark thanks the St. Paul Sisters, especially our three pioneers in Brisbane – Sr. Lucy Ko, Sr. Teresa Lau and Sr. Nancy Wong for their courage and dedication in starting this wonderful ministry of serving the frail and aged at Boronia Heights. He compares our Sisters’ “Yes” to our Lady’s “Fiat” and shows how God’s grace is able to work wonders through those who are open to God’s words and accept them with humility and trust.
After our Thanksgiving Mass, Archbishop Mark and all his concelebrants are invited to take a photo with the Sisters in the Chapel. We can feel the warm friendship that links us together. What a wonderful witness of collaboration and communion of SPC Sisters with the local Church and its bishops and priests!

25th Anniversary
At the community hall where refreshment is being served after Mass, we can see and hear once again how the Sisters are deeply loved and appreciated for their mission and ministries in Australia, whether they are serving in Brisbane, Moss Vale, Lane Cove, or in Melbourne. Wherever the Sisters are, as groups of friends, visitors and residents have remarked, “they radiate joy, selfless love, dedication and comfort”!
May the Lord’s name be praised!

 


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