A recent book by Josephite Sister Clare Aherne outlines stories of religious women from across the seas, knitting together the historic contribution of the Josephites, their connection to Saint Mary MacKillop and their emotional experience of emigration, writes Caroline Smith.
Religious orders have played an undeniably significant role in the development of the Catholic faith in Australasia. Coming from far across the seas – from Ireland, Spain, Italy and elsewhere – they have helped grow established Catholic communities and have helped build new ones.
The Letter under the Pillow: 150 years, 2 continents and 840 heroic Irish women was released in 2016 by Carrowmore Publishing and presents easy-to-read snapshots of the lives of religious women including their sacrifices, and the challenges they faced in a variety of Australian communities.
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