2010 HOUSE NEWS
2010 HOUSE PATRONS
On her recent fact finding trip to Sydney, Sr Angela Burke unearthed some more information about the 2010 House Patrons from the Sisters of Charity archives. Here is some information about these seven women who will serve as role models for our students…
SISTER MARYJOHN CAHILL: Her real name was Margaret. She was the eldest of the Pioneer Sisters and was 45 when she came to New South Wales. Her special ministry was with prisoners in Sydney, Parramatta and Hobart. She also gave religious instruction in churches in Sydney and Hobart and was a very good teacher. She died in Hobart in 1864 at the age of seventy one.
SISTER MARY DE SALES O’BRIEN. Her real name was Catherine. She came from a wealthy family and was well educated at Sacre Coeur, Paris. She was beautiful in appearance, charming and fashionable. Mary Aikenhead sent her and two other Sisters to Paris to be trained in nursing and hospital management. She also left Sydney and ministered in Hobart. She died in 1871, aged sixty two.
SISTER MARY BAPTIST DE LACY . Her real name was Alicia. She was the only one of the Pioneer Sisters who entered the Sisters of Charity, specifically for the Australian Mission. She was trained in Nursing and was the Foundress of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, which was the first hospital opened by the Sisters in Australia.
She grew up in the Windsor area of New South Wales and enjoyed horse riding, rowing, shooting and fishing with her brothers. She entered the Sisters of Charity at St Vincent’s Potts Point and was one of the two Novices who strongly declared their intention to remain as Sisters of Charity, thus giving the Congregation new
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HOUSE CAPTAINS FOR 2010
Sarah Leptos Jessica Lawless Claire Hibbert Alex Lauricella Olivia Palazzolo
Ashleigh Agius Stephanie Vassallo
On Wednesday October 14th 2009 the new House Captains for 2010 were officially welcomed into their
ceremony the inaugural House Captains House and the House colour as follows:
SISTER MARY LAWRENCE CATER. Her real name was Julia. She was English, unlike the other Pioneer Sisters who were Irish. She was the youngest of the five Sisters and was 28 when she came to Australia. She became the Head of a school for orphans at Parramatta. She left Sydney in 1846 and did not remain a Sister of Charity. She became a governess in England
SISTER MARY XAVIER WILLIAMS. Her real name was Eliza. Her father was a distinguished soldier in the Peninsula War of 1812. She was a Novice at the time of the arrival in Australia and her Profession of Vows was the first Profession in the colony. She was another of the three Sisters who went to Hobart in 1847, where she visited gaols, hospitals and the homes of the poor. Sr. Xavier died in Hobart at the age of 92.
On behalf of the entire school the Leadership Team offered this prayer of blessing over these new leaders and their new roles in 2010:
May the Lord guide you and watch over you; May you lead with wisdom, courage, strength and faith.
May the example of Mary Aikenhead and your House Patron inspire you and may your journey of leadership be one of growth and joy.
SISTER MARY URSULA BRUTON. Her real name was Maria. She was born in Tipperary, Ireland and her family migrated to Sydney when she was eighteen. Maria Bruton had many years of experience as a teacher and Principal before she entered the Sisters of
Charity in 1882. She was the first Principal o Vincent’s College, Potts Point and opened Columba’s College, Essendon in 1897.
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SISTER MARY XAVIER CUNNINGHAM. Her real name was Mary Anne. She was the first Australian to enter the Sisters of Charity.
We offer to you our guidance and a listening ear. May you be blessed throughout 2010 with good friends and a loving family.
We offer you this blessing through Christ our Lord, Amen.
We thank these seven girls for their courage and enthusiasm in accepting these new leadership roles, and wish them every success in their journey of leadership in 2010. BILL FITZSIMONS HEAD OF RE & FAITH DEVELOPMENT