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2008

Sculpture Blessing - Feb 2008

A small but important gathering was held in the lower grounds of Jane Winstone Retirement Village in Whanganui on Sunday 3 February 2008.
The Sisters were there to mark in a special way their time on this land formerly the home to Sacred Heart Convent and College. A set of sculptures had been commissioned, and in a simple ceremony they were blessed and dedicated.

The words on the accompanying plaque state:
He Wahi Tapu.
This land, originally belonging to the Tamareheroto Hapu,
was the site of Sacred Heart Convent and Sacred Heart College
from 1912 to 2002, in the guardianship of the Sisters of St Joseph, Whanganui. In all things the Sisters endeavoured to bring:
‘Fullness of life for the Earth and its Peoples.
Ki tonu te ao me te orokohanga a te tangata.’

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The artist, Janet Kortlever, was present with her husband and daughter, and her statement on the sculptures is also on display:
This is a memorial to a group of ordinary women and the extraordinary things they have achieved through their faith in God.
The rough black exterior is a symbol of God’s love
within each one of them.
The list of the places of their ministries is engraved under the glass, tying it to their trust in the well of God’s providence, which has driven their work.
It is hoped that in the future these seats may provide a place of rest and peace for visitors here and that in some small way the spirit of the Sisters of St Joseph will live on.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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