More than a week after large hailstones left a trail of devastation through Sydney, religious institutions are still assessing the damage.
    The Catholic Weekly this week surveys damage to a number of religious institutions, including the Sacred Heart Monastery at Kensington, where the hail broke stained glass windows and damaged over 100 metres of roof tiling. It says St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst, had 100 windows shattered.
    Sacred Heart Missionaries superior Fr Peter Huan said repairs would take weeks. But he was philosophical about the damage, describing it as "such a small thing" compared with events in other parts of the world. "A lot of our mission stations were devastated by cyclone Justin last year, and they can't go down to the hardware store and get tarpaulins."
    The Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home in Randwick, one of the city's worst hit areas, sustained structural damage, with 31 broken skylights and 200 broken roof tiles. More serious was St Joseph's Nursing Home, Kensington and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, Kensington.

1:38pm 22/4/99 / Catholic Weekly


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