Fifty years ago – on the 24th September 1969, Mother Teresa’s “Indian Nuns” – officially the Missionaries of Charity – set up their first mission house in Bourke, on the banks of the Darling River.
On Sunday hundreds packed St Ignatius Catholic Church in Mitchell Street to hear Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green lead a Thanksgiving Mass in honour for this Golden Jubilee.
Bishop Columba told the congregation that God shows his love to people through other people.
“The people of Bourke know about God’s love because it has been expressed through the work of the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity who have worked here over many years”.
“This work has included care provided to poor, aged and frail people and to disadvantaged children who have all needed practical care and assistance.
‘The sisters are so well-regarded because they have expressed the love of God to the people of Bourke for many years,” Bishop Columba said.
Read more in the printed edition of the Western Herald.
At the St Ignatius photo exhibition of the Missionaries of Charity in Bourke after the celebration mass back l-r: Peta Barker, Anne Dixon, Natalie Edwards, Margaret Knight, Jeanne Edwards, Fiona Smith, Sister Guadalupe, Jenelle Edwards, Paige Johnson and Sister Stephanius. Middle l-r: Maria Warren, Estelle Edwards, Sister Acacia, Sharla Johnson, Sister Lily Anthony, Sister Jovier, Letitia Edwards, Sister Oliva, Monique Kelly, Sister Fidelis, Katrina Gersbach, Sister Hannahri, Sister Jose Lima, Sister Hannah, and Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green.
Front: Lacey Barker, Shekia Edwards, Kaitlyn Kelly, Sister Margarita, Sister Henrina, and Gwen Barker. PHOTO TWH