Christine – The two Mary’s have had had a part in my life for a long time

Hello to all!

My name is Sr Christine McArthur and I became part of Mary Potter’s story on June 1st, 2017, when Calvary and Mary MacKillop Care became one.

However, I was actually born at Calvary, North Adelaide, and my Mum died in Mary Potter Hospice, when it was much smaller, and located in the street behind the present Hospice.

So, Calvary has had a part in my life for a long time.

The story continued when, in the late 70s and early 80s, I taught at Kalori School in Wallaroo, where the Little Company of Mary Sisters lived and worked among the people of the Copper Triangle at Our Lady, Star of the Sea Hostel, in Wallaroo.

I am now part of Mary Potter’s story at Calvary, St Catherine’s, in the Riverland of South Australia.

I am still learning about the Calvary story, but I have been struck very forcefully by the similarities between Mary Potter’s story and the story of Mary MacKillop, two courageous women who lived in similar times, in different parts of the world. Women, who had a vision, who saw a need, and set about helping others in the best possible way.

Although the Little Company of Mary have worked in the area of healthcare from its earliest days, and the Sisters of St Joseph initially sought to help children to gain an education, particularly in country areas, I sense that both Mary’s shared common ideals, and their vision for the good of others in their overall health and wellbeing was very similar.

Their story lives on in us – in all who take up the mantle; in all who accept the challenge to live and work among those who need support and care.

Many thanks for this opportunity.

The story continues.

I’m very delighted to be part of it!