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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 12:35

Brigidines establish Kildare Ministries

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“It is an historic time for the Congregation,” said Sr Louise Cleary, Congregational Leader of the Brigidine Sisters.

“We are delighted that the partnership we have with our colleagues in ministry is recognised in this new venture and are confident that our colleges will continue to grow and develop their story built on the strong foundations of Catholic education in the Brigidine tradition.”

Kildare Ministries will  initially assume canonical and civil responsibility for Brigidine colleges in Australia: Brigidine College, Indooroopilly, Queensland, Brigidine College, St Ives, NSW, Kildare College Adelaide and the following schools in Victoria: Marian College, Ararat,  Clonard College, Geelong West, Kilbreda College, Mentone, Killester College, Springvale  and Marian College, Sunshine West.  Kildare Ministries Implementation Committee has been appointed to plan the transition over the next 18-24 months.
 
Sr Louise said that Kildare Ministries is the first public juridic person of pontifical right to be approved for the ministry of Catholic education in Australia and it will continue the  commitment of the Congregation which began in this country in 1883.

This was recognised and affirmed by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Vatican establishing authority, in the following words:

“It is evident, that with the benefit of the foresight of Bishop Daniel Delany, the educational works of Sisters of St Brigid have been, for more than two hundred years, a strong and vigorous part of the Church’s educational ministry. May this new public juridic person, Kildare Ministries building on this foundation, with the assistance of expert laity, be a source of strength and apostolic vision for  the future of this important ministry in the Church.”

The name of the new entity connects with St Brigid of Kildare, the 5th century Irish saint the Sisters were named after by founder Daniel Delaney in 1807.

It is generally accepted that Brigid established her abbey and church in Kildare around 480 AD, on the site now occupied by St Brigid’s Cathedral. Brigid held a unique position in the Irish Church and in the society of her day. As Abbess, she presided over the local Church of Kildare and was leader of a double monastery for men and women.