Transition of leadership on special Institute Feast

8 December 2014 | General Interest

The feast of the Immaculate Conception is a special feast for the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception throughout the world. Founded about twenty years after the promulgation of the dogma, and at the request of the Holy See, the MFIC Sisters were the first congregation to include the title in their name. It serves as the date for the transition of leadership for the Sisters of the Australian Circle.

At a celebration of Eucharist presided over by Fr Anthony Selvaraj ofm, Guardian of the Adele St Community, the outgoing Leadership Team was thanked and farewelled: Srs Pauline Robinson (Leader), Catherine White (Assistant Leader), Cecilia Prestashewsky (Councillor) and Karen Bourke (Retired Councillor). The Sisters who served in other areas of responsibility in the Australian Circle were also thanked.

The incoming Leadership Team is Srs Catherine White (Leader), Patricia Treacy (Assistant Leader), and Elaine Morzone (Councillor). Sr Catherine White has been ministering as a School Pastoral Worker at Peter's School in Caboolture. Sr Patricia Treacy works within the Circle with the frail and aged Sisters. Sr Elaine Morzone, a former General Superior, is now working in Toowoomba as the Diocesen Spirituality and Mission Development Officer.

Sr Pauline Robinson will have a sabbatical year in 2015. As well as short term mission work in Peru and Papua New Guinea, Sr Pauline will visit the Institute's place of foundation in Belle Prairie in the United States.