This week marked 100 years since the Australian born and educated Servant of God Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ made her Temporary Vows as a religious sister at St Agnes Church in the town of Guntur, in south-eastern India. Just two years earlier, Mary Glowrey had been an established doctor and eye specialist in inner Melbourne, and a well-known member of the Victorian Catholic community. In the newly published Autobiography of Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ: ‘God’s Good for Nothing’, Mary's story comes to life – in her own words – from her beginnings in country Victoria to her studies and professional work in Melbourne, and finally her mission to India where she felt called by God to serve the most vulnerable.
Last Sunday, the annual ecumenical Holding the Light service was held in East Melbourne, as a way to honour and advocate for those who have died due to violence. The service included a solemn ringing of the bell – 39 times to be exact – one for each woman who has died this year due to violence.
We also look at the recently launched Summit Online, which for decades has been an important resource for parish and school liturgy teams. The new website contains a range of articles, suggested prayers of intercession and music suggestions to assist in local celebrations. And finally, with the Year of St Joseph set to conclude this coming Wednesday (8 December), Sr Maria Casey rsj provides the final reflection on St Joseph – a man who was dedicated to the law but remained utterly faithful to the whisperings of God in his heart.