Monika Glockann CJ Visits Down-Under
After many years of kind hospitality and generous tours and pilgrimages with Australian Loreto Sisters and their colleagues visiting Mary Ward country in Europe, Monika Glockann CJ from the Middle European Province (Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and Hungary), had a chance to experience the hospitality of down under.
Monika came for a five week visit and apart from wanting to meet the Sisters and visit the schools, seeing the unique landscape and enjoying Australian animals in the wild, was top of her list! Monika graciously offered to speak with some groups about the Painted Life – the series of 50 paintings which provide invaluable insights into the life and ministry of Mary Ward and her companions.
The groups who enjoyed her reflective and interesting inputs included a small group at the LSAC conference, a group of Kirribilli people one Sunday afternoon, the Sisters in Melbourne, the Normanhurst staff and students and the Coorparoo staff and students. On most occasions Monika took the theme of Mary Ward’s freedom in the face of risk and uncertainty. Each was accompanied by slides of the Painted Life with detailed sections highlighted.
The ‘holiday’ part of the trip included time in Lake Mungo (involving a car journey across the Hay Plains), four days in Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the Archives and Chapel in Ballarat, the Blue Mountains, the South Coast of NSW, Sydney Harbour, a day at the Symbio Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos, see koalas, crocodiles and many an activity in Mount Druitt where she stayed with Francine Roberts and Sandra Perrett.
Hopefully there will be a return visit sometime to share her warmth and insights with those in Ballarat, Adelaide and Perth! Thank you Monika.
Words: Sandra Perrett ibvm