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Monday, 05 March 2012 14:55

Sisters mark school milestone

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The celebration weekend also marked the Parish Centenary, and the 150 year anniversary of Catholic worship in Uralla.

Present students, staff, parents and friends were joined by parishioners, ex-staff and students for the anniversary dinner, which was held following Mass.

Uralla Parishioner Richard Ryan spoke briefly about the milestones, and gave a special thankyou and welcome to the large group of Sisters of St Joseph who were able to attend the celebrations. Special mention was made of sisters Eleanor and Marcia Dawson, who grew up in Uralla and attended St Joseph’s School. Both went on to become Sisters of St Joseph.

On Sunday, Mass was followed by the official opening and blessing of the wonderful new school library, as well as the parish and school fete. The beautiful sunny day saw a large crowd gathered to enjoy the grounds of the school. Old friends were able to catch up, and the historical booklet produced for the occasion led many to reminisce about days gone by.

The event had significant meaning with last year’s canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who spent several nights at the convent in Uralla and wrote of her fondness for the school there.

Sisters of St Joseph at St Joseph's School Uralla Photo: Sisters of St Joseph pictured with Monsignor Wayne Peters PP are (back L-R) Yvonne McGettigan, Antoinette Baldwin, Anne Gibson, Connie Cummings, Fidelis McAnespie and (front row L-R) Eleanor Dawson, Marcia Dawson, Mary Quinlan, Anita Vagg and Jean Dunkin.