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Horsham base for Baptistine Sisters

NEW HOME: Filipino nuns Sister Tirsa, left, and Sister Manuela, Baptistine Sisters, have joined the Wimmera community. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NEW HOME: Filipino nuns Sister Tirsa, left, and Sister Manuela, Baptistine Sisters, have joined the Wimmera community. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham is the centre of a first for the Catholic Church in Australia, becoming a foundation base for an international order of nuns.
Two Filipino nuns from the Congregation of the Sisters of St John the Baptist, or Baptistine Sisters, have arrived in Horsham where they will join the community to spread a message of faith.
Sister Manuela will work for the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat on Rite of Catholic Initiation and Sacraments and Sister Tirsa will work with district and neighbouring parishes.
As the first Baptistine Sisters to be based in Australia, the 18th country to become a home for the congregation, both are keen to get out and mix with parishioners.
“We’re here to work for everyone, which of course includes any Filipinos here,” Sister Manuela said.
“We’re here to spread the good news of Christ to everyone we meet.”
Sister Tirsa said people she had met were welcoming and hospitable.
“They have made us feel at home right away,” she said.
Horsham parish priest Peter Hudson said the sisters had responded to an invitation by Ballarat diocese Bishop Paul Bird to establish themselves in the region.
“Once they get settled in they will be working right across the parish where they will reach out to people with a spiritual presence,” he said.
The nuns officially started their new role last week and their first day on the job was Monday.
They said they had three basic parts to their mission in Horsham – education, human promotion and evangelisation.
The Baptistine Sisters’ international headquarters are in Rome, Italy.
St Alfonso Maria Fusco, a Catholic Priest, founded the Baptistine Sisters in 1878. The sisters’ mission was to evangelise and educate as well as promote the faith among adolescents with particular emphasis of poor or abandoned people.

Bishop Paul Bird welcomes the new nuns. contrib photo

Bishop Paul Bird welcomes the new nuns. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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