Siena College marks 150 Years

8 September 2017 | General Interest

The Siena College Community celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Congregation’s foundation in Australia and paid tribute to the eight pioneer sisters who arrived from Ireland to begin the ministry of education in Maitland NSW on the 10th September 1867.

The Sisters’ long sea voyage was recalled, with reference to the “Martha Birnie” journal, in a moving liturgy and the Principal shared her reflection on the occasion of this significant milestone in the history of the congregation. The students prayed in thanksgiving for the inspiration of the Pioneer Sisters, that their example of courage, trust, resilience and spirit of adventure would continue to inspire all the members of the Australian Dominican family for years to come.

Following the Assembly students moved to Pioneer Place where lanterns for each of the Pioneer sisters were lit and their names read out as a beautiful native Australian wreath was laid in memory of them.