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Monday, 08 February 2016 23:15

Penola celebrates Sisters’ 150 year anniversary

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Josephite 150 anniv logo 150pxThe Sisters of St Joseph are celebrating their sesquicentenary this year and will commence their celebrations next month in Penola, the place where St Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods founded the Order on March 19 1866.

Josephite 150 anniv logo 350pxAdelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, Bishop of Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, Josephite Congregational Leader Sr Monica Cavanagh and 75 Sisters from around Australia, New Zealand and Peru will attend the Penola weekend.

The celebrations will begin with an open air Mass at Mary MacKillop Stable School Park at 10.30am on Saturday March 19, followed by a light lunch in the school hall and the opening and blessing of Cameron Home, adjacent to Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre. There will also be an unveiling of a new Mary MacKillop sculpture.

On Sunday March 20 there will be an opening and blessing of the new porch at St Joseph’s Church at 11.30am, following the 10.30am Palm Sunday Mass. Three 155-year-old stained glass windows from the first St Joseph’s Church built by Father Tenison Woods in Penola have been restored and form part of an $80,000 porch redevelopment of St Joseph’s Church which sits on the site of the original church commissioned and opened by Father Julian Tenison Woods on April 24, 1859.

Following the national 150th festivities in Penola, each region will hold their own celebrations throughout the year.

The major event for Adelaide will be celebrated on the feast of the Sacred Heart on June 2 and 4 at Norwood-Kensington and in Port Augusta on August 8, the feast of St Mary MacKillop.

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This article was first published in the February 2016 issue of The Southern Cross, the official publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.