Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Providence Provides: Brigidine Sisters in the New South Wales Province

Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Providence Provides: Brigidine Sisters in the New South Wales Province

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Published by UNSW Press

RRP is $49.95 (plus postage) available from Brigidine Provincial Office 93 Carrington Rd Coogee NSW 2034

The book marks the 130th anniversary of the Brigidine Congregation and begins with a journey of six self-exiles from the 'soft green fields' of Mountrath to the 'black soil plains' of the Castlereagh in 1883; Mother John Synan wrote she had never felt more lonely as their ship left the London dock. Many more journeys were to follow: physical journeys, often perilous and certainly arduous; spiritual journeys, both collective and individual, as decreed by the Second Vatican Council; personal journeys as the Sisters retreated from education and explored new ways in which their considerable talents and individual interests could be utilised. New ministries took Brigidines to New Guinea, the outer Western Suburbs of Sydney, into jails and courtrooms, migrant hostels, placement as hospital and university chaplains, detention centres, even the United Nations. The book ends with an overview of the present and varied works of the Sisters and their future directions. …

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