A Diamond Sparkling In Silence

16 June 2017

The Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres from New South Wales and Victoria joined with those in Brisbane to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Sr. Marie Pauline Wong on 16-17 June, 2017.
sr pauline 60 yearsIt kicked off with a hot-pot dinner in the convent at Boronia Heights, Queensland; followed by a presentation of variety shows and games from the different communities. The junior Sisters, in addition to their dance and singing, did an interesting interview of Sr. M. Pauline so as to continue to learn and also to remind all of us to follow the good example of her untiring evangelization work. The games we played also re-iterated the essential components of Sr. M. Pauline’s spirituality such as simplicity, faith and humility.
The following morning, the most Reverend Robert McGuskirsh, bishop of Toowomba, came to be the chief celebrant of the Thanksgiving Mass. He was assisted by Bishop John Garry and Fr. Albert Chan. In addition to Sisters and the Brisbane group of the Friends of St. Paul, the Mass was also attended by some representatives of the Chinese Catholic Community from Parramatta, N.S.W. Under the kind, patient and constant coaching of Ms. Jennifer Lee, the volunteer music directress, the Sisters sang with all their hearts at Mass to express their gratitude to God.
In his homily, Bishop Robert mentioned how he, as a vicar in Parramatta Diocese,sr pauline 60 years had long been acquainted with Sr. M. Pauline and impressed by her indomitable zeal in her evangelization involvement there. Indeed, she is a precious gift from God not only to the community but also to the Church. She served as the Provincial Superior of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia from 1989 to 2001, besides being the principal and the supervisor of St. Paul’s School, Lam Tin. Since then she has humbly and quietly served the Catholic Chinese people in Parramatta, Kingsgrove, Chatswood and wherever there are calls for pastoral service. 
A few years ago, Sr. Pauline was awarded a medal from the Archdiocese as recognition and thanks for her devoted service, though she has always served to the best of her ability. To both all the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres and lay people outside the community, she is generous in giving her loving care and making everyone feel at home. Like a diamond shining silently in the dark, her presence as a consecrated religious emits sparkles of the flame of Divine Love to our broken world, bringing hope to everyone.

Sr. Damian

 


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