Sisters honoured in moving ceremony

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Sisters honoured in moving ceremony

The Sisters of St Joseph, associates, family and friends gathered at the Carr Villa Cemetery in Launceston in November to honour the 12 Sisters who are buried there.

More than 20 people attended the ceremony.

In the opening prayer, Sr Margaret Cousins said: “We gather today as part of our 150th year celebrations to honour the Sisters who are buried here and their stories.

“We celebrate their lives, and the spiritual and temporal legacy, which has been passed on to us through them.”

Ritual of thanksgiving ceremonies were held at locations around Tasmania throughout the month honouring the lives and contributions of the 106 Tasmanian Josephites “who have gone before us and who now sleep in peace”, Sr Margaret added.

She said that the Tasmanian commemorations were part of a wider event.

“Where we have Sisters buried we are having these ceremonies honouring them – throughout Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, even Peru,” Sr Margaret said.

The many contributions of the Sisters were recalled, from teaching composite classes with few resources to preparing teenagers for the workplace; helping the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged; sustaining the faith by word and example; the skill and dedication of nurses and midwives; childcare workers who gave shelter, protection and loving care; missionaries and quiet achievers.

The year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of St Joseph in Penola, South Australia, by Fr Julian Tenison Woods and Mary of the Cross MacKillop.