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Sister Mary Thomas O.P. 
On the Vigil of St Mary Magdalen, Patroness of the Dominican Order, Sister Mary Thomas died peacefully surrounded by her Sisters at the convent in Ganmain. She had been anointed and absolved by Father less than an hour before, and had received Viaticum the evening before. The Sisters will keep her body with them in chapel until shortly before the funeral. 
Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Scot Anthony Armstrong, and many priest friends at St Brendan's Parish, Ganmain. She is buried in the Sisters' section in the Ganmain Cemetery.

Sister lived the Dominican life with great devotion and distinction for 66 years, dedicating herself to God and to his Church in an unobtrusive but very influential way.  Who could count the many thousands of children have passed through her capable hands in Catholic schools and missions?  How many thousand still remember her for the sound education she gave them in ‘the basics’ and most of all in the Faith. Only a few years ago did she ‘give up’ active apostolate because of her failing hearing and general strength. 

She had great love for the Holy Eucharist and the Divine Office. She can be counted on to go on praying for us –even more effectively – now that she has passed to the next life and knows even more about our many needs.

Thank you for your prayers for her soul and for her community.
May she rest in peace. 

Sister was born in Belfast and came to Australia to enter the Dominicans in Western Australia when she was 18 years old. 
She was professed 66 years, living the past 31 years in Ganmain. 


Winter at the Convent

Fr Jordan R.I.P. May 2019

The Sisters sang at the Requiem Mass of their beloved friend, Father Jordan O.P., who is now buried in Ganmain near his Sisters. 

In March and April, several families visited the convent as they visited Ganmain. 
It was a pleasure to give tours of our convent and garden to them (and they enjoyed the now-famous swing!). 

Some beautiful artwork on display in Canberra. See the crucifix in the prow of the boat?

Sister Mary Thomas beams a smile!

 Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges, Wagga Wagga NEW VIDEO

Sister Mary Martin features in the new video about the school In Wagga Wagga in which the Sisters teach part time, covering Religion, Senior Theology and Philosophy, Year 7 - 10 Literature and several Maths, Music and Elective classes. (See TYPICAL DAY for how this fits into daily life.) The 130 students from K - 12 are a constant source of joy as they grow in their faith and develop as Christian persons.
To see more, visit: Saint Mary MacKillop College, Wagga Wagga

Bishop Umbers encourages parents at the recent NACF Conference, Albury. 

The Sisters part-time apostolate of teaching 

was covered by an article in the Catholic Weekly.

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