Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, today had the pleasure to attend the official opening and Blessing of the Convent at St Agatha’s Parish, Cranbourne. Anthony Byrne MP attended this event along with Father Denis O’Bryan (Parish Priest – St Agatha’s Parish, Cranbourne), Father Peter Slater (Administrator of the Sale Diocese) and special guest Bishop Michael Apochi (Bishop of the Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State in Nigeria).
“This Blessing was a special event, as it was the blessing of a convent which houses three very special women from Nigeria. They are Nigerian Catholic nuns who basically have, as part of a project of the exchange between Nigeria and Australia, come to Cranbourne to spend their time nourishing and enriching the area. They are amazing people. I would like to mention particularly Sister Grace, Sister Mary and the very formidable Sister Mercy, who is the head nun,’ said Mr Byrne.
“This project of inviting Nigerian Catholic nuns and seminarians from Nigeria to Australia was embarked upon as a consequence of a discussion between Bishop Michael Apochi, the Bishop for Nigeria, and Bishop Christopher Prowse, who is now the Archbishop of Canberra. It is amazing seeing the great works which are occurring here. A couple of priests have come over from Nigeria as well. I am very grateful to Bishop Prowse for the work he has done. The St Agatha’s Parish Convent is an amazing new building, certainly much larger than the smaller one which curently houses three nuns. This great project just goes to show the strength and resilience of the Catholic Church and its reach into the international community as well,’ said Mr Byrne.
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