Mercy Pilgrimage: In the footsteps of Ursula Frayne and her companions

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In 1845, Mother Ursula Frayne and six companions sailed from Ireland on a ship called the Elizabeth. Upon their arrival at Fremantle in 1846,  they were asked by Bishop Brady to establish a Catholic school in the new Swan River Colony.  It was to be the first Mercy school in Australia and would cater for 50 children.

Today, the staff of Santa Maria traced the journey up the Swan River made by the Mercy Sisters. The aim was to bring to life for the participants the story of the early Sisters. It was an opportunity to consider what their experiences would have been like and to visit the significant sites on the journey.

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Head of Professional Learning, Michelle Carrick says, “Participating in pilgrimages is a special way of experiencing and growing in faith. It is hoped that the experience will bring staff to a greater appreciation of the legacy of the Mercy sisters in Western Australia.”

Today, they started at Bathers Beach, Fremantle, and ended at the Victoria Square precinct in Perth. The planning of the journey was informed by Mother Ursula’s original letters.

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