Refugee support

Sr Grace at the House of Welcome

The House of Welcome in Carramar, a project of the New South Wales Ecumenical Council, supports refugees and asylum seekers during their time of transition into life in the Australian community. A number of Marist Sisters have offered their services at this centre over the years. In the photo at right Sr Grace can be seen with some refugee women from Kenya and Uganda during a recent visit to the House of Welcome from Jason Clare, Federal Member for Blaxland.

Silver Jubilee for Fijian Sister

Sr Teresia

On 28th April, the feast of St Peter Chanel, Sr Teresia Raione from Fiji celebrated twenty five years as a Marist Sister. Teresia is currently undertaking a course at Marymount Centre in Sydney.   It was a delight for her companions at the course to celebrate this day with her.



Sr Teresia with Her Marist Companions at Marymount

During a late afternoon Mass Teresia renewed her vows. The Mass had a Pacific flavour as course participants led a Gospel procession and the singing of hymns in Fijian and Pidgin. During the social which followed the evening meal a hymn of blessing was prayed for Teresia.

Sr Gemma Pearson – A Pastoral Story

Sr Gemma

For twenty years Sr Gemma, a Marist Sister, worked as a pastoral associate at St Brigid’s Millers Point. This church is part of the inner city parish of St Patrick’s Church Hill in Sydney. Sister’s ministry was varied and challenging. Assited by the St Brigid’s committee she organized liturgies, taught religion in governmnet schools and prepared these children for the sacraments. The aged and infirm found a compassionate and supportive friend in Gemma. When they were in hospital she visited them, even when this meant travelling to other areas of Sydney, and she helped them to find nursing home care when they were no longer able to stay in their own home. Gemma’s sense of justice found her liaising with government and voluntary organisations to find accomodation for the needy.

Sr Gemma with two Millers Point Parishioners

It was with much gratitude, and also a sense of sadness, that the St Brigid’s community farewelled Gemma at the Palm Sunday Mass recently. In acknowledging the work that Gemma has done in their midst over the last twenty years particular mention was made of her “very effective and inspiring commitment”. Parish priest, Fr Neveille Byrne, thanked Gemma for always being “real”.