The Passionist Community at Oxley was joined by more than 100 friends and associates to celebrate six decades of ministry at ‘The Fort’.
Passionists Oxley superior David Kind said there was a wonderful spirit among those who gathered for the celebrations on the lookout on Saturday night and a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday morning at the regular 8.15am Mass.
The property of the Passionist Community is beautifully on a hill overlooking the Brisbane river.
Officially titled Queen of Heaven Retreat, but affectionately called 'The Fort' in honour of the house that has stood on the property since 1875, it has been the Passionists home since 1955.
It was officially blessed and opened in August 1956.
“It was a spirit of gratitude to God for 60 years of blessings, continuous residence and service,” he said.
“It is of course the second foundation of the Passionists in Queensland, having started a mission to Aboriginal people on North Stradbroke Island some 173 years ago.
“While that mission, began by Passionist priests from Italy lasted only a few years, it had a powerful effect and is still remembered in the stories of our Indigenous brothers and sisters on Stradbroke Island.
“In the last 60 years their ministry has been to the people of to the people of Brisbane and throughout the length and breadth of Queensland in various ministries of retreats for religious and lay, parish missions, Passionist Family Group movement, hospital chaplaincy and for the last 15 years, the Passionist Youth Retreat Team.”
A Cross was also presented to the Passionists by John Shea.
The Cross, which Mr O’Shea designed and fashioned himself, has the Passionist inscription the “Passion of Jesus Christ” in Hebrew, Greek and Latin, in the form of a heart.
This is the insignia the Passionists wear on their religious habit, as set down by their Founder St Paul of the Cross.
He received these words in a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows.
“It is a beautiful work and was received with great gratitude by the community as they concluded a wonderful weekend of celebrations,” Fr King said.