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Celebration of Marie Madeleine in Benalla, Australia


FCJ College Benalla recently celebrated the life of Marie Madeleine D’Houët, Founder of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, the Religious Order of Sisters who own and govern FCJ College.  Marie Madeleine, a French woman, died in 1858, one hundred and fifty years ago.  She is, during this 150th Anniversary year, being remembered worldwide for her faith, inspiration and devotion in living the challenge of Jesus to bring his message to all peoples.

Students gathered near the school.

In the presence of Sr. Claire Sykes fcj, a member of the FCJ International Leadership (based in Stella Maris, Broadstairs, England), FCJ College Benalla held a special Eucharistic celebration on Thursday 29 May 2008 in St. Joseph’s Church, Benalla.

Photo at Mass.     Photo at Mass.

Commencing with scenes of the French Revolution, accompanied by music from “Les Miserables”, the liturgy was guided by Sr. Margaret Claver fcj, community leader of the local FCJ sisters.  Sr. Margaret, dressed hauntingly in period dress, played the part of “the spirit of Marie Madeleine” and narrated parts of the story of her life.  Scenes were dramatised by students of the College Youth Ministry group and Year 7. 

Dramatizations of Marie Madeleine's life.

Further dramatizations.

Sr. Claire Sykes fcj spoke to all gathered about the worldwide FCJ family and how all associated with the FCJs have a part to play in living Jesus’ message of love, care and service to others.

Eucharistic celebration.

The Eucharistic celebration concluded with a message of appreciation from Mr. David Leslie (the FCJ College Principal) to Sr. Claire Sykes fcj; Fr. Dennis Crameri; to all students who were involved in the Liturgy and to Mr. Colin Dwyer, (FCJ Faith Development Co-ordinator) who produced and directed the Liturgy. This was followed by a rousing version of “I will follow him” from the movie “Sister Act” accompanied by images of many FCJ sisters from around the world.

Nuestra pequeña Sociedad tiene como fin
     glorificar el corazón de Jesús
           por todos los medios a su alcance…     (Marie Madeleine)