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One Door Closes Another Opens: Mary MacKillop in New South Wales 1880-1909


by O\'Sullivan Rsj Bernadette

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      July 2018

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    One Door Closes Another Opens: Mary MacKillop in New South Wales 1880-1909

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    The idea of exploring the life of Mary MacKillop in New South Wales
    came from the members of the Mary MacKillop Committee. Several
    sisters were active in researching and recording the years 1880-1909
    and I was asked to bring this to fruition. Research for these years had
    been undertaken by Lynette Raftery rsj, Barbara White rsj and Clare
    Burgess rsj and I have added my own research. Bridie O'Connell's
    reflection on the final years of Mary MacKillop's life provides a fitting
    conclusion to the story.
    This book, One Door Closes Another Opens, aims to tell of the
    endeavours of Mary MacKillop in spreading the Gospel, sending out
    her sisters to care for and educate the neglected children in the poorest
    areas of the city of Sydney, particularly the slum areas around the
    part known as The Rocks on the shores of Sydney Harbour. These pioneer
    sisters were sent, too, to far flung towns and villages throughout
    New South Wales in the Dioceses of Sydney and Armidale, both of
    which encompassed huge areas. Mary visited the sisters, supported,
    encouraged, and assisted them in their work for God and his people.
    She journeyed by every known conveyance then available, in every
    kind of weather, often enduring snow, torrents of rain, blazing sun
    and heat and very often suffering poor health. All this was for the
    glory of her good God and for his children and to bring the message
    of his love and mercy to people in these isolated places.
    The withdrawal of Mary MacKillop's sisters from Bathurst in 1876
    closed their work there but it also saw the birth of a diocesan congregation
    of the Sisters of St Joseph under Bishop Quinn. The Bathurststory
    has been well told by Dr Marie Crowley in her notable work
    Women of the Vale which is highly recommended to readers.
    When Mary MacKillop and her sisters withdrew from Queensland
    at the end of 1879, they were welcomed into New South Wales by
    Archbishop Vaughan of Sydney and Bishop Torreggiani of Armidale.
    Hence the title, One Door Closes Another Opens.
    This work is a story of heroism, not only on the part of Mary, but
    also on the part of those pioneer sisters and the generous people who
    supported them. All of them laboured to teach and strengthen the
    catholic faith wherever they lived and worked. We thank God for
    them and dedicate this work to their memory.
    I wish to acknowledge the assistance given by Mr Gary Hayes who
    read the original draft of this work and gave many helpful suggestions.
    Sister Marie Therese Foale rsj gave of her time and considerable
    talents as an author to help to bring the work to a conclusion. To
    them, my grateful thanks.


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      ATF Press

    • Published

      July 2018

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      153 x 229 x 15 mm

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    • ISBN: 9781925643671

    • Publisher: ATF Press

    • Release Date: July 2018

    • Weight: 459g

    • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 15 mm

    • Eden Code: 4779238

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