CATH NEWS REPORT: In a reunion to mark 50 years with the order, 37 Sisters of St Joseph wore corsages of frangipani and yellow roses in honour of the crown of frangipani they wore on the day of profession, said a report in the Catholic Weekly.
"The frangipani has been significant in terms of our early formation. We've all grown so much, and the sharing with each other has been beautiful.""I was thinking this morning how different we all look now, compared with 50 years ago when we walked into the chapel with our white veils and our frangipani wreaths," said Sr Marie White, referring to the reunion held on January 6.
Sr Mary Markham, who was considered old when she entered the Sisters of St Joseph at 25, turned 78 just two days after the golden jubilee. "They used to call me 'Ma Markham'!"
Sr Maria Casey, postulator for the cause of the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop, was among those celebrating the milestone.
"The brown habit that the Sisters wore is no longer part of our image, but the strong message of St Mary MacKillop, to never see a need without doing something about it, is as strong as it always was."