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Friday, 12 October 2018 10:47

New book tells the story of Sisters of Charity 'Ministry of Love'

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1018SistersofCharitybooklaunch 300The Sisters of Charity have launched a new book outlining their ‘Ministry of Love’ during 180 years in Australia.

Launched by Congregational Leader Sr Clare Nolan rsc, the book, Ministry of Love: The Story of the Sisters of Charity, was written by Danielle Achikian.

Danielle worked with a committee comprising, Sr Suzette Clarke (Committee Chair) and Sr Moira O’Sullivan, Sr Genevieve Walsh, and Jennifer Forest.

“As Providence would have it, this is the 180th year of the Sister’s arrival in Australia and this book ensures our story continues,” Sr Clare said at the launch.

This is the third book produced by the Sisters of Charity, beginning with Margaret Donovan’s book, Apostolate of Love, which was followed some years later by a coffee table book produced by the congregation’s historian, Sr Moira O’Sullivan rsc, entitled Sisters of Charity of Australia 175 years Serving in Australia, Impelled by Christ’s love.

Sr Clare said the layout of the new book, Ministry of Love, was carefully thought out.

book cover 3 300x300“Each chapter begins with a relevant quote from (founder) Mary Aikenhead and ends with a quote from a sister today. Each chapter begins with an ‘in brief’ of 100 words as a summary of the chapter and a context. A 200 word summary of the ministry being talked about to give the reader a background to the ministry,” she said.

“To support the content, Danielle uses old photos and the final chapter is made up of images capturing the sisters in ministry today. It is surely a work of love and we are excited to be part of it.”

Sr Clare said the title – of the original book, Apostolate of Love, has been carried through into the new book, Ministry of Love. 

“The word apostolate is from the Greek word ‘apostello’ meaning ‘to send forth.’ Scripturally, the word ‘ministry’ means being charged with the pastoral care of the community,” she said.

“And what can we say of love? Mary Aikenhead heard Fr Peter Kenny SJ preach on St Paul’s words ‘The love of Christ urges us’ and Mary Aikenhead felt the words to be ‘divinely energetic’.

“They were engraved on the seal of the Congregation and are being lived out to this day by its members. God’s love is planted inside all of us. Women of love, sent forth, to live and share the joy of the Gospel with all.”

This article is taken from Sr Clare Nolan rsc's address at the book launch. Read her full address here on the Sisters of Charity website.

PHOTOS (Sisters of Charity website)

TOP RIGHT: Author Danielle Achikian with Chair of the Book Committee, Sr Suzette Clark.

BOTTOM LEFT: Book cover of Ministry of Love, The Story of the Sisters of Charity.