Just a few days ago, four of our Elysburg Nuns have made the journey all the way to rural Australia! After a year and a half of fundraising, planning, and approvals, they have officially moved into their new home. The Diocese of Willcania-Forbes welcomed the Nuns with wide open arms - its Bishop was in fact the one who invited them in the first place.
Mother Mariam Joseph of Jesus Crucified OCD, Sister Frances Teresa a Jesu Hostia OCD, Sister Juana Teresa of Jesus OCD and Sister Maria of the Incarnation OCD are the founding members. Two of them are from Australia and are now returning home; but for the other two, this is an exciting new chapter in their lives! They are becoming, in a sense, missionaries for Christ!
On the way, they stopped and visited with the Valparaiso monastery. From there, accompanied by Valparaiso’s chaplain and the Lincoln Diocese Vicar for Religious Life, Monsignor Timothy Thorburn, the four nuns flew into Sydney, Australia. They were greeted by excited family and friends at the airport.
Monsignor Thorburn spoke with The Catholic Weekly and put it so eloquently when he said the Nuns’ presence will bring untold blessing to the diocese and the country.
“They don’t preach from pulpits, they don’t teach in classrooms,” he said. “It may look like they are doing nothing but they are the heart of the Church and do what has to be done in order to keep the Church going.”