Murray River town welcomes Filipino nuns

The Albury suburb of Lavington in southern NSW is now home to three Filipino sisters who have arrived to work with the most needy people in the community including the aged, the sick and the unemployed.

The Border Mail reports that Sisters Angelita Maraye, Cecil Perto and Asuncion Lorenzo were introduced to the congregation at Lavington's Holy Spirit church on Saturday and Sunday.

They are all members of the Missionary Apostles of Christ in the Eucharist, an association of nuns which was formed by Sr Maraye in the Philippines in 1987 and in Australia in 1991.

The group now has 23 nuns who are based in Canberra, Sydney, the Philippines, Italy and Canada, as well as Lavington.

Sr Maraye will help her colleagues settle in on the Border until the end of the month when they will be joined by Sr Marilyn Flora.

"We help the most weak members of society, the aged and sick, and those needing moral support such as the unemployed," Sr Maraye said.

"One of the main things we'll be doing is family visitations, we'll be going to their homes one by one.

"And helping them reconnect with their faith and giving them hope."

Holy Spirit parish priest Fr Peter Murphy said the nuns would be permanently based on the Border.

Nuns to give society a helping hand (Border Mail, 16/5/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
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Missionary Apostles of Christ in the Eucharist (Catholic Directory)
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16 May 2007