Mission"Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that she or he has encountered the love of God in Jesus Christ."
Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel #120
We are women whose mission is expressed in a variety of ways, leading us to people, places and events which open us to new possibilities.
We are enlivened by our involvement with those who cross our paths each day as they challenge and encourage us.
We learn from them as they share faith, the joys and struggles of daily life, their injustices, anxieties and hopes.
Grounded in Gospel values and inspired by St. Angela, we are working with young families, with women, in health, in parishes, in schools, in Pastoral Ministries, in spiritual direction, in care for aged sisters in our community, in advocating for the poor and marginalised.
Please read about our involvement below.
Sr Zita Teixeira
I work at two hospitals in Brisbane and at Redland, as part of the Pastoral Care Team.
A question is frequently asked of people of how much external and internal time they think they spend in a day. The answer is often 90% external and 10% internal. When someone comes into a hospital, the reverse tends to happen to the person. Patients find that they have time to: think, reflect, remember…
It is this often challenging and confronting time which provides an opportunity for Pastoral Care Workers to offer patients listening and support. We do so in a variety of ways.
We visit the patient always aware it is the patient who sets the agenda; they are the expert of their own experiences and lives.
We provide a friendly visit.
We support patients/families in times of grief and loss.
We pray with them when they request prayer.
We offer communion to Catholics on request.
We arrange for the reception of Sacraments again at the request of patients/families.
We contact both Ecumenical and Inter-faith group representatives on behalf of the patient.
We offer prayers of blessings for babies and mothers.
We also work alongside all staff.
Ritual can be powerful in allowing people to connect with their emotions and experiences on deep and profound levels.
According to Brenna Niemanis who works at a juvenile justice residential facility for girls between ages of 14-17;“There is such power in simply being present, simply being open to listening to someone's story without looking for the perfect response or advice to give, just being”. Global Sisters Report/globalsistersreport.org Mar.16.2016
I have had patients say to me, “you are the first person I have ever shared this with”. It is an honour and a privilege to journey with people at different times in their life journey.
Sr Mary Driscoll
Sr Mary Driscoll is an Ursuline Sister originally from Ashbury in Sydney and attended school at St Ursula's Ashbury. Currently living in Brisbane she is now involved in a variety of ministries reaching out to people in our community.
Sr Mary shares with us significant statements regarding her ministry. Please click on the click below to view an insight into Sr Mary's ministries.
Sr Mary O'Neill
My ministry as Pastoral Care Co-ordinator at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Kingsgrove is ever changing and challenging. The overall co-ordination involves numerous groups within the Parish - Young Vinnies, Caring and Support Group, Catholic Women's League, St Vincent de Paul and the Parish Pastoral Council - as well as local service providers and an outreach to the wider community through these groups.
Visitation is a significant part of my ministry. I visit the sick, elderly and dying in their own homes and in hospitals and those who are in Nursing Homes and do not have significant family support. I organize funerals and am involved in supporting bereaved families.
Being involved in visitation takes on a broader aspect. As I have been in the Parish for so long I know generations of the families. This provides a precious dimension to my work - it takes me into the daily struggles, joys and hopes of these families.
Another aspect of my ministry is to organize Prayer Groups and Reflections for small groups. In these groups we aim through our prayer, reflections and practical support to spread the cycles of care and compassion to all families, to the earth as our Mother and to all its creatures.
As John O'Donoghue states in Divine Beauty - The Invisible Embrace
The voice of compassion is not absorbed with itself.
It is a voice imbued with understanding and healing.
This voice dwells somewhere in every human heart.
Sr Marj Carroll
Never in my wildest dreams did I envisage myself, age 80, to be mingling on the playground with 1200 exuberant, laughing, shouting, screaming adolescents, male and female but here I am at Good Samaritan College, Hinchinbrook a suburb of South Western Sydney. These young people come from 49 different nationalities and on the whole play and study together very harmoniously. I see the little talks and counselling I offer in terms of preventative measures.
If they can leave Good Samaritan with their heads held high, happy with their achievements at their ability levels, with a sense of self-assurance, confidence and pride and living Gospel values then I feel the school has accomplished a great deal in keeping these "kids off the streets". Having been here now for ten years I know we have.
Sr Marj with students from Good Samaritan College, Hinchinbrook
Sr Edith Ontiveros"Persevere faithfully and joyfully in the work you have begun!"
St Angela Merici - Last Legacy #22
I like to call my ministry a ministry of interiority. This ministry is one of presence at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Quezon City, Philippines. I am a retreat giver, spiritual guide, mentor, supervisor and resource person for the various programs at the Center. I assist with the formation of future retreat guides as well as the continuing formation of the guides. I experience the frontiers or ''going beyond borders" with a wide range of participants coming from the Asia Pacific region. I work with people from Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vietnam, Myanmar, Korea, China and beyond.
More recently I was invited to join the Mentors' Pool of Center Quest which is a new School of Spiritual Direction (SSD) based in Pasadena, California. Within the context of SSD, the mentor offers a personalised presence of continuous support and assessment to participants as they journey through the year-long SSD program.
Recently, after returning from Australia I flew to California for a weekend of training on Center Quest's mentoring. I became familiar with the on-line/residency program (Moodle) for participants. This program will commence next year so I have a few months to prepare and refine my skills.
I hear Angela encouraging me to listen to the Spirit speak through the circumstances, events, people, experiences; to be creative and responsive to new challenges with the "Joy of the Gospel!"
Centre for Ignatian Spirituality Team. Roberto Buencosejo, SJ and Victor Baltazar, SJ, with Sr Edith Ontiveros