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Friday, 22 January 2016 12:19

Sisters of Mercy and friends celebrate 170 years in Australia

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mercy sisters fremantleOn Friday, 9 January 1846, the first Sisters of Mercy came to Australia. Ursula Frayne and her six companions sailed up the Swan River from Fremantle to the young, struggling township which, in time, would become the modern, vibrant, multicultural city of Perth. Recounting this day in her letter to the sisters back in Dublin, Ursula wrote, “We had a most delightful sail. The weather was glorious; a strong breeze tempered the heat of the burning sun, and filling our sails, propelled us along so smoothly that we hardly felt the motion. The scenery was charming, the river broad and winding. Nature here had an undivided empire; human industry had literally done nothing”. Exactly 170 years later, on Saturday, 9 January 2016, a large number of Sisters of Mercy, ‘descendants’ of the pioneer group, along with ‘Mercy’ colleagues and friends, remembered that significant event by retracing the river journey.

Read the full story by Sr Beverley Stott rsm and Sr Caroline Ryan rsm on the website of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.

This story was first published on the 21 January 2016 edition of the eRecord, the newsletter of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. Subscribe here to get the latest news.