Sisters celebrate 70 years of profession

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Sisters celebrate 70 years of profession

Sisters of St Joseph, Mary Cyril Andrews, Mary Luke McMahon and Mary (Angela) Noonan, recently celebrated 70 years of religious profession with Mass and afternoon tea at Sacred Heart Church at New Town.

The Sisters (along with Sisters Mary Anne Wilkinson-Thompson and Mary Augustine O’Reilly, both since deceased) entered the Novitiate on February 2, 1942 and made their First Profession on January 4, 1945.

Sr Carmel Jones thanked the Sisters for their vast contribution to the Church and to Tasmania over seven decades.

“We thank you for your faithful service within the Mission of God…for all you have given of yourselves over 70 years of religious life [and] your ongoing ministry of prayer and presence among us,” Sr Carmel said.

“You are women through whom we have met God - women of prayer and prayer-in-action – women who have inspired us.

“We pray that God will bless you abundantly at this time of Jubilee and in the time to come.”

Sr Cyril who now lives a busy retirement, worked as a teacher throughout the State and as Tasmanian Josephite Archivist, thriving on sharing the Josephite story and preserving its heritage.

Sr Luke who is also retired, enjoyed many Tasmanian posts as primary and secondary teacher, Principal, community leader and Congregational Bursar.

She also enjoyed roles at St Joseph’s Nursing Home and Hostel at New Town, St Luke’s Hospital in Launceston and the Launceston General Hospital, as well as parish work at Campbell Town and Smithton.

Known in school circles for her teaching excellence and creativity, Sr Mary also enjoyed many teaching posts around the State as well as in Papua New Guinea and now lives an energetic retirement.