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Presentation Sister Carmel Hodgkinson has given a lifetime of service to God’s children

Sr Carmel Hodgkinson

SHE danced before taking a step. That’s what Presentation Sister Carmel (Jean Marie) Hodgkinson knows about her early years. “My parents said I’d hold onto the bar near the radio and bounce, up and down, to the beat,” the sprightly 76-year-old said from Holy Spirit Home, Carseldine, in Brisbane’s north. “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve always had it.” The toe-tapping sister ... Read More »

Sr Margaret’s biggest life lesson came from a brothel madam

Sr Margaret Robertson

A BROTHEL madam, a saint, special groups of liberated women and countless prisoners influence the way Sr Margaret Robertson follows Jesus Christ. As she looks back on why she took the decision more than 50 years ago as a young woman to join the Sisters of St Joseph she cannot forget the example of her loving parents either. It was ... Read More »

The day I put on my habit was the day I “put on Christ”

Sr Teresa Rose

NO matter how long I have followed Christ in religious life, I am officially called a Sister of St Paul de Chartres only from the day I took the religious habit – to “put on Christ”. After almost one year of formation in the postulancy, I received my religious habit on July 25 last year in Saigon novitiate in Vietnam, ... Read More »

‘Joseph’ was a sign for this Brisbane Josephite Sister

Sr Annette Arnold

FOR a young Annette Arnold growing up in Rockhampton in central Queensland, the name “Joseph” was to be key in the unfolding of her life. The eighth in a family of 10 children, she grew up in the cathedral parish of St Joseph. “The significance of that has not been lost on me – my grandfather was Joseph, my father James Joseph and ... Read More »

Belarus to Brisbane and back

Sr Anastasia Badeeff

SR Anastasia Badeeff is expecting a chilly welcome when she returns home this week.  She is a Sister of St Elisabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, a country of about 10 million people that borders Poland and Russia, and the climate there is a little different to that in Australia. “Belarus is a beautiful country with many forest and lakes,” she said.  ... Read More »

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