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Sisters Gather - March 2012

The last weekend in March was a full and active one for the Sisters as they gathered at Mt St Joseph.

Firstly, the weekend signified the beginning of another four yearly Hui the 25th Jubilee Chapter for the Sisters of St Joseph, Whanganui.  The theme chosen for this is ‘Wanangahia a tatou korero Weaving our stories together’.  The Maori proverb ‘Na to rourou, ni taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi’ ‘With my food basket and your food basket the people will thrive’, has been the inspiration for the present and coming gatherings of the congregation.


In keeping with this theme, the early sessions of the weekend featured weaving and basket making, with discussions springing from these processes.  Maree Hickey and Liz Hickey are shown at work during the basket weaving session. Further gatherings throughout the year will continue the dialogue and discussions until the final Hui gathering in early October.

As well as the celebration of Jubilees of Profession for three Sisters on Saturday 24th March, there was another significant event for the Congregation on Sunday 25th March. 

Adrienne Smith, formerly Manager of the Josephite Retreat Centre, began a period of two years’ study in preparation for Profession as a Sister of St Joseph.  This programme, prepared initially by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, has a Scriptural basis to each stage.  The stage being entered into by Adrienne is the ‘Emmaus Journey’.  The simple ceremony emphasized the continuing journey for Adrienne, her mentor, her basic community, and the whole congregation of Sisters who will ‘walk the journey’ with her.  Immediate family joined Adrienne and the Sisters for this ceremony.


Adrienne, second from right, is joined by members of her community - Catherine Woodcock, Marcienne Waite and Anne Burke during the ritual.

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