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Fifty golden years of merit and successful labour

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The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 – 1942), Thursday 10 October 1918

Ursuline Convent, Armidale


On Saturday, September 28, the golden jubilee of Mother M. Cecilia was celebrated in the Ursuline Convent. Owing to the demands and stress of war-time, there was no public festivity in connection with so unique an event, but numerous friends and ex-pupils sent jubilee gifts, letters and telegrams of felicitation.

His Lordship Dr. O’Connor (Bishop of Armidale) was the celebrant of the 7 o’clock Mass, and the college choir rendered some beautiful singing appropriate to the occasion. At the conclusion of the Mass, and in the presence of his Grace Most Rev. Dr. Redwood (Archbishop of Wellington, N.Z.), the Rev. Mother conducted the jubilarian to the altar steps, where his Lordship read special prayers over her, and crowned her with a gold laurel wreath — symbolic of the accumulated merit of 50 years of devoted, self-sacrificing efforts in the noble cause of instruction of youth. After his Lordship had addressed a brief congratulation to the jubilarian, she was again conducted by the Rev. Mother to her stall, and the Mass of Thanksgiving that followed was said by his Grace Archbishop Redwood.

At midday, the Ursulines entertained at a special dinner the Archbishop of Wellington, N.Z., their Lordships Bishop O’Connor, Bishop Dwyer, Rev. Fathers M. Foley, D. J. Carroll, L. Mahony, Rev. Dr. J. Coleman. Among the congratulatory telegrams received during the day was a much-appreciated one from his Excellency the Apostolic Delegate. It was worded thus:

Mother M. Cecilia, Ursuline Convent, Armidale. Unite with Sisters and pupils, past and present, in celebrating jubilee — fifty golden years of merit and successful labour among God’s little ones – Cordially bless you.— Apostolic Delegate.

On Monday, 30th ult, three more candidates were received into the Ursuline Novitiate, alongside of which M. M. Cecilia has laboured in Australia for the past 36 years. Two of the three young ladies received that day are ex-pupils of the Ursulines, viz., Miss Adelaide Fitzgerald, daughter of Mr. Jos. Fitzgerald, of Kunderang Station (now Sister Mary Laurence O’Toole), and Miss Elizabeth O’Donoghue (Sister Mary Clement Hofbauer), daughter of Mrs. Mary O’Donoghue, Armidale. The third candidate, Miss Gladys Evan, daughter of Mr. Philip Kyan, (Janowindra, received the name of Sister Mary Leonard.

Among the visitors and friends were Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Fitzgerald (Kunderang), Messrs. Desmond, Jas. and Chas. Fitzgerald, the Misses Mary and Flora Fitzgerald, Mrs. W. E. Harris, and Mrs. Williams (Booralong), Mr. and Mrs. Philip Evan (Canowindra), Mrs. M. O’Donoghue, Mr. John Donoghue. Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Donoghue, Miss M. O’Donoghue, (Armidale), Miss Frecklington, Miss Teefy, Messrs. Geo. and Vincent Frecklington (Canowindra).

His Lordship Dr. O’Connor officiated throughout the impressive ceremony, assisted by the Rev. Father D. J. Carroll. There were also present his Lordship Bishop Dwyer, Rev. Fathers M. Foley, J. Bischoffs, and Rev. Dr. Coleman. At the conclusion of the clothing ceremony. Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament was given.

On Tuesday night, 1st inst., the boarders of St. Ursula’s College presented an exceptionally well-chosen and varied programme to a large audience of friends and visitors. Its purport was to welcome Bishop Dwyer to tho diocese and to St. Ursula’s, to congratulate M. M. Cecilia on the attainment of her 50th anniversary of holy profession, and also to congratulate the three now Ursulines on their happiness and privileges. Space precludes detailing the items on the programme; each item had its merits, its special import and message. The long programme was all too short for such an appreciative audience. At the conclusion congratulatory speeches were made by Bishop O’Connor, Bishop Dwyer, and Dr. W. E. Harris.

So great was the enthusiastic appreciation of the audience that by special request of Bishop O’Connor the programme was again presented to his Grace Archbishop Duhig and his Lordship Bishop Shiel on Wednesday afternoon, 2nd inst., who arrived in Armidale at midnight on Tuesday. Their eulogies, added to those of the day previous, were more than reward to teachers and pupils in their efforts to entertain. It was one of the most artistically-finished entertainments of the year.

The pupils of St. Ursula’s College presented to the venerated jubilarian a magnificent brass crucifix for High Altar use, suitably inscribed, as a jubilee memento.

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