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Gathering of Associates 29 March 2014

It was a warm sunny autumn day when the Association of the Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth gathered for the first meeting for this year at the Queen of Poland Convent in Marayong, NSW on 29 March 2014.  The Sisters greeted a good number of Associates who came from the local areas in Sydney and joined with a group who travelled from Canberra that morning.  It is always very delightful to meet our fellow Associates at these meetings where we all look forward to a few hours of prayer, reflection, warmth and friendship. 

The day started with morning tea after which we all settled listening to Rev Noel Connolly SSC who shared with us a reflection and an introduction to the latest Pope Francis Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.  This raised some discussion and awareness of the Pope Francis’ mission plan for strengthening the foundations of the Catholic Church in this time of change, with a special focus on the family.  As this will be the focus for the rest of the Associates' meetings throughout this year, the books Evangelii Gaudiium and The Francis Effect were given out to all present to study and reflect on the text.  A task was given to all members present to think what our individual ‘dream’ would be for the Catholic Church to best accomplish its mission for future generations.

This was followed by Mass at the convent Chapel celebrated by Rev Noel Connolly SSC.  It is a wonderful experience to share the celebration of the Eucharist amongst a large number of Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth watched over by the spirit of Blessed Frances Siedliska, Mother Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, whose image and relic is always present in this chapel.   

The meeting continued over a scrumptious lunch most generously prepared by the Sisters.  This was a chance to make better acquaintances with each other. Sr Grace gave a report on developments and events happening in various parts of the world where the congregation is present and mentioned that this year being the 60th Anniversary of the congregation in Marayong, a celebration will be held in July this year.  Sr Grace also thanked Emma for the generous donation raised by a fund raising function she organised specifically for the aide in assisting the building of a Pre-school for poor children in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in Poland.  On behalf of all present, Sr Grace also congratulated Kevin Charles Croker, an Associate from Canberra who was present with us, for the honour he received in being granted the Order of Australia Medal for outstanding service to the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

On behalf of all the Associates, thank you to the Sisters of the Holy Family in Marayong for their hospitality and the opportunity for prayerful reflections.


Maria De Carlo,


Celebrating and Making History

On 23 April 1989, some of the Sisters from Holy Spirit Province attended the Beatification of Mother Foundress in Rome.  A quarter of a century since the Beatification has flown by quickly.  Upon the request of the Sisters Holy Spirit Province recently devised and distributed holy cards to commemorate this historic event for our Foundress and our Community. The cards featured a copy of an icon of Blessed Mother Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd and on the back was a printed intercessory prayer in either English or Polish.   It is hoped that the receivers of the cards will receive many graces through the intercession of Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (Frances Siedliska). 


Prayer to Mother Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd
O dear Mother Foundress, you who are so close to the divine heart of Jesus, look down upon this earth and see how one of your child pleads with you for this favour….

Mother, obtain it for me from his divine heart.  While on earth, you loved this heart.  How can he refuse you anything now when you plead for favour for your children? Intercede for me, O Mother , with his Sacred Heart.  ( Say Hail Mary  9 times and  “Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us 9 times)

On April 23 2014, the 25 Jubilee of Mother Foundress’ Beatification coincided with another historic event:  the offering of the first Mass at the new Holy Spirit Convent in Plumpton.  The Mass celebrated by Father Albert Wasniowski OSPPE was attended  by  Sister Grazyna Roclawska, Provincial Superior and sisters representing convents in Marayong, Quakers Hill joined the first sisters who live there.   After the Homily , Sister Lucyna Fraczek was commissioned as Sister-In –Charge. The celebrating continued with afternoon tea. 

Provincial Chapter Meets

Provincial Chapter Meets

The Inclusive Provincial Chapter was held during the weekend of 8th and 9th March, 2014. On Saturday the delegates met in the Meeting room at Queen of Poland Convent Marayong to count the votes for the delegate to the General Chapter that will be held in Rome in 2015.  After the votes were tallied, several candidates for delegate emerged, but no one had a clear majority.  

Father Peter Jones OSA joined the sisters at mid- morning.   Father Jones is currently the Director of the Augustinian Novitiate at Brookvale but over the years he ministered  in parishes, teaching, and spirituality and formation.  Father Jones delivered a conference explaining different forms of obedience that we experience in life today.  After that he celebrated with the sisters the Mass for Saturday after Ash Wednesday.

The sisters had time to enjoy each other’s company at lunch, and to visit the new convent that was almost complete in Plumpton NSW.  They had until the next day to decide and pray about their choice of candidate.   

Sunday's  venue for the next segment of the first session of the Provincial Chapter was held at Holy Spirit Convent in Castle Hill.  This convent was built as the “Provincial Home” for Holy Spirit Province where council meetings were held and hospitality was offered through the provincial celebrations that occurred over the years.  However, previous provincial teams had been mooted for quite some time to sell the property and move to a new location. 

After the second vote, which elected Sister Alicja Drabik(pictured below) the delegate to the General Chapter.  


The sisters held a farewell ceremony to “say goodbye” to the house:  Holy Spirit Convent in Castle Hill. Sister Josita Paczkowska intrigued all of us when she arrived at the convent wheeling a suitcase.   She told us during the prayer service that the suitcase was brought to “pack” the fond memories that we, as a province, wanted to take with us.  Sisters took turns recalling the precious experiences they had in connection with the venue.  Some told funny incidents, others more serious ones, but all remembered fondly the hospitality the sisters, who lived in the convent, showed to all visitors.  When the suitcase was “packed” Sister Josita asked Sister Grażyna Rocławska to close the suitcase.  Then Sister Grażyna presented our luggage to Sister Lucyna Frączek, Sister- In- Charge of the Holy Spirit Convent Community.  Lunch was served and then gradually sisters departed to different destinations. 

Later that day, after the meeting, sisters stopped at the new Holy Spirit Convent in Plumpton to “unpack” the suitcase and to pray for God’s blessings for all of the sisters that will live there in the future.

Holy Spirit Convent Moves to Plumpton NSW

It was a long time in the planning.  The Provincial Council with the help of Mr Brett Anderson, Architect for Taylor and De Angelis, and the Builders of FAL construction have worked on making the plans a reality for over eighteen months.  Finally on the 26th March, the keys to new house in Plumpton, NSW were handed over to Sister Grażyna Rocławska, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. 

Within a few short hours furniture was moved in and the three sisters of the new community were ready to spend the night. 

Living Lent Daily - Rereat Day for women

The Sisters offer retreat opportunities for single, Catholic women aged 18-35, seeking to deepen their Spiritual life. Join us for a Retreat day of Lent reflections and prayers.
All followed by social gathering. Lunch/ Dinner will be provided.

Location: Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, 116 Quakers Rd, Marayong NSW
Cost: Free, but registration is essential. RSVP by 11th March
Contact: Sr.Margaret,
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Phone:(02) 9626 9200 or
Mobile: 0420 754 727

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