Diamond and Ruby Jubilees for Perthville Sisters

Friday 26th September was a day for Perthville Sisters to gather to celebrate the Diamond Jubilees of Sisters Joan Farrell and Elizabeth (Betty) Carroll and the Ruby Jubilee of Sister Ann Morrison. Bishop Michael McKenna celebrated the Jubilee Mass in the Perthville Chapel and joined the Sisters for the celebration dinner at the Bathurst RSL.

The Perthville Sisters were delighted that Mary Ellen O’Donoghue (NSW Regional Leader) and members of the NSW Regional Leadership Team, along with several sisters from the Josephite Sisters’ Western Slopes community were able to join in this celebration - the first celebration of Perthville Jubilees after their fusion with the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Helen Sullivan, Maria Sullivan and Janine Keatinge paid tribute to the Jubilarians Joan, Betty and Ann respectively. These tributes reminded the guests of the contribution that each of these Sisters has made to the life of the Perthville Congregation and to the Church in the Bathurst Diocese and beyond.

Joan Farrell was professed in 1954 as Sister Elizabeth and spent 25 years teaching in Josephite primary schools in Gulgong, Forest Reefs, Wattle Flat, Coonabarabran, Oberon, Molong, Manildra, Portland and Blayney, often taking on the role of principal. Joan spent some years ministering at St. Joseph’s College Perthville and also worked as the Student Testing Officer for the Catholic Education Office for four years, before taking on the position of Congregational Bursar. In semi-retirement, Joan has ministered in the parishes of Oberon, Molong and now Bathurst.

Betty Carroll was given the name Sister Vincent at her profession in 1954. Following her teacher training, Betty taught and was principal in a number of schools in the Diocese -  Newbridge, Oberon, Yeoval, Gulargambone, Perthville, Manildra, West Bathurst, Portland, Molong, Blayney, and Dunedoo, and at Page in the ACT. After retraining, Sister Betty ministered in Pastoral Care and Family Liaison at Assumption School Bathurst and at Corpus Christie School in Cranebrook. Currently semi-retired, Betty is involved in visitation of parishioners, assisting with the Perthville Chapel and re-organising the Perthville community library.

Ann Morrison, originally from Gulgong, was professed as a Sister of St. Joseph in December 1974. Having gained her teaching qualifications, Anne taught in Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Portland, Molong and Windsor. Ann re-trained and undertook the conducting of Effectiveness Training Courses for the Parramatta Diocese. Since moving to Molong in 2008, Ann has been involved in Adult Faith Formation, conducted reflection days for various groups within the Bathurst Diocese and has conducted retreats and pilgrimages for her Josephite Sisters. Ann is a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Committee.

At the conclusion of the speeches, the three jubilarians cut their jubilee cake amid singing and applause and the sisters present toasted Joan, Betty and Ann, acknowledging how blessed they have been by the fidelity and generosity of these three sisters.

Congratulations Sisters Joan, Betty and Ann and may the years ahead continue to be filled with God's blessings upon each of you! 

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