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The sesquicentenary celebrations of the
Sisters of St Joseph in Penola later this
month will hold a special place in the heart
of Adelaide sculptor Judith Rolevink.
For that is when her beloved St Mary
MacKillop will “find her way home”.
“Penola was where I started my Mary
MacKillop journey – the first place I went
to learn about Mary,” explained Judith,
who has spent much of the past five
years working on sculptures and statues
honouring Australia's first saint. “It's lovely
to know that Penola will have one of my
The life-size cold cast bronze resin bust of
Mary will be unveiled during the 150-year
celebrations on March 19 and 20. The
sculpture was gifted by an anonymous
donor from the Penola region and is the
10th – and final – in Judith's limited edition
series of Mary MacKillop.
Standing 83cm tall, the sculpture depicts
Mary aged in her 40s during her active
ministry days. She is holding a crucifix,
with a “kind face” looking at the viewer.
"I felt that Mary was a very direct person,
not one to beat about the bush, and she
was always kind," said Judith.
She described her journey with Mary –
which started with the statue in Mary
MacKillop Plaza adjacent St Francis
Xavier's Cathedral – as an honour and
"When you’re working on the sculpture
you are feeling every emotion you are
trying to portray. It becomes quite
"I certainly have a definite idea about who
Mary was and what she was like. I feel
as though I knew her as a person, even
though I didn't actually know her."
The Penola sculpture will have a special
bond with the local region as it will sit on a
plinth made by Ian Mulligan from timber off
the property of the Mulligan family.
The Mulligans have a long association
with St Joseph's Church and Barry
Mulligan has worked tirelessly restoring
three 155-year-old stained glass windows
from the original church built by Father
Tenison Woods. These windows form
part of an $80,000 porch redevelopment
at St Joseph's, which will be officially
opened and blessed during the weekend's
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, Bishop
of Port Pirie Greg O'Kelly SJ, Josephite
Congregational Leader Sr Monica
Cavanagh and 75 Sisters from around
Australia, New Zealand and Peru will be
special guests at the Penola celebrations.
Each region will hold their own
celebrations throughout 2016, with the
major event for Adelaide being on June
5 at Norwood-Kensington and in Port
Augusta on August 8, the feast of St Mary
PERSONAL JOURNEY: Judith Rolevink working on a sculpture of Mary MacKillop in
her Adelaide studio. Her latest scultpure is ‘under wraps’ until March 19.
Mary ‘going home’ to Penola
A priest visiting the
sick in Peru
Through their hands, God’s hand caresses the earth...
Priests and religious are above all the apostles of Divine
Mercy - and not merely during the extraordinary Year of
Mercy that Pope Francis has proclaimed for the whole
Church. They feed the hungry, comfort the grieving, endure
injustice. They promote reconciliation and absolve the
repentant from their sins. Day by day, through the works
of spiritual and corporal mercy, they show people the Face
of the Merciful God. ‘They’ are the priests and religious
of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has proclaimed an
Extraordinary Year of Mercy, which is intended to be “a time
of grace for the Church and to help render the witness of
the faithful stronger and more effective.” It is surely also
an occasion to reflect with great gratitude on the witness of
those who proclaim this Mercy with their whole lives.
Throughout the world wherever the Church is poor, persecuted
or threatened, there are tens of thousands of priests and
religious daily living the ‘Yes’ they have already given to God.
It is vital that the indispensable work of priests and religious
in Christ’s Holy Catholic Church and throughout the missions
worldwide continues. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in
Need (ACN) is proud to help them in their efforts to make the
world a better place. The average grant ACN gives to support
priests and religious is between $200 - $500 but whatever you
can afford will be enormously appreciated. ACN forwards the
donations directly to the religious superiors in charge of the
religious communities and congregations.
A complimentary Year of Mercy rosary designed by the
Vatican rosary makers and blessed by Pope Francis will be
sent out to all those who give a donation of $15.00 or more
to support this cause and tick the box below.
Every confessor must accept the faithful as the father in
the parable of the prodigal son. Confessors are called
to embrace the repentant son who comes home and to
express the joy of having him back again.
Chosen to be the
Mother of the Son of
God, Mary, from the
outset, was prepared
the Ark of the Covenant
between God and man.
She treasured divine
mercy in her heart in
perfect harmony with
her son Jesus.
The red and white
beads represent the
rays of light of the
By Lindy McNamara
Renewal focus for
The Adelaide Archdiocese
has announced two new key
appointments to roles related to the
renewal of parishes, communities
Deacon Tim Grauel is joining the
Archdiocese in the role of director
of the Office for Renewal. Tim is a
member of the renewal task force
and was ordained a deacon in
December last year.
Deacon Grauel will also undertake a
role as coordinator of Archdiocesan
social justice and Catholic life
For the past 11 years Deacon
Grauel has worked with the ACH
Group in various senior roles
including health and community
services, systems and performance.
A former part-time lecturer at
the Queensland University of
Technology, he holds a master of
social science (counselling) and
master of theology.
Sarah Moffatt is joining the diocesan
office in the role of assistant director
to the chancellor.
Sarah will work closely with
chancellor Heather Carey with
a particular focus on renewal in
relation to young families and
young adults. Sarah will assist with
project development, community
building, parish-school connections,
formation and leadership. She
will also assist in the areas
of evangelisation, multifaith
engagement, ecumenism and
Sarah has been the coordinator for
the Catholic Office for Youth and
Young Adults since 2009 and was
also the host coordinator for the
Australian Catholic Youth Festival
held in Adelaide in December last
In 2005 Sarah was the Australian
Catholic Bishops Conference
representative to World Youth Day
and from 2003 to 2008 she was the
national president of the Australian
Young Christian Workers.
She will take up her new
appointment as assistant director to
the chancellor on March 29, 2016.
Representatives of the renewal task
force chaired by Mr Greg Crafter
AO is visiting every parish council
in the Archdiocese over the next six
months to discuss key markers of
“Our hope is that these initial
conversations will be followed up in
parishes, schools and communities
in preparation for the next moment
of our renewal, which will be a
diocesan gathering,” said Mr
“We believe this renewal process
is distinguished from previous
ones because they are from the
ground up in that they are drawn
from the long history of diocesan
renewal moments and from the
conversations with the people of
the Archdiocese, along with the
leadership of Pope Francis.
“For the first time every parish,
school and community, as well as
the diocesan centre, will be moving
toward a common agreed set of
goals and priorities, but each in their
own way, according to their own
needs and circumstances.”
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