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Seven young women made their First Profession as Sisters of Life last year on 4 August, including Sr Mary Grace (far left) who was born and raised in Sydney.

The Sisters of Life are coming Down Under this month to spread the word about the dignity, sanctity and worth of every human life.

Sisters Mary Grace, Antoniana Maria, Jeanne Marie and Zelie Maria will travel from the US, where the Sisters of Life are based, to visit Sydney from 17 to 21 May, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

They will give a series of presentations including a “Feminine Genius Brunch” for women, a Theology on Tap talk aimed at young Catholics and a public forum on religious and priestly vocations.

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The Sisters of Life are dedicated to promoting the dignity and sanctity of every human life.

“As Sisters of Life, we’re committed to the truth that every person is deeply good, unique, valuable and unrepeatable,” Sr Mary Grace SV told The Catholic Weekly. “But, in our culture, that can be easy to forget and tough to believe. We can forget that we’re made for greatness. That’s the reason we speak on life and love, on freedom and mercy.”

Sr Mary Grace who was born and raised in Sydney made her First Profession as a Sister of Life last year in Connecticut.

Sr Mary Grace.

She said she was excited to be returning to Australia to visit the university that had been pivotal in her life.

“Notre Dame was the launchpad for my life and the place that prepared me to dream big and dare to trust in God’s plans, even if it meant leaving the beach for the Bronx! It is a tremendous joy to now return, as a Sister of Life, to my home turf and to the University that was my second home.”

The Sisters of Life are a religious community of women dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Their ministry includes offering support to pregnant women.

“As we’ve seen in our missions, in the lives of the women we serve, on the retreats we run and in the places we visit, that when we experience ourselves to be loved for who we are, when we receive Jesus’ healing mercy, we remember to dream again about our future, hope grows stronger and the impossible becomes possible,” Sr Mary Grace said.

The Sisters’ ministry includes offering support to pregnant mothers.

After their time in Sydney the Sisters will visit Notre Dame’s campus in Fremantle, WA.

“Our hope is that everyone we meet, whether it be on the plane, in the streets, or at the events, will be personally renewed and strengthened by the truth that they are good and deeply loved, that their lives matter, and that they are called to be witnesses to the living God in this great Southern Land,” Sr Mary Grace said.

“We believe that God ultimately intended this trip to take place at this time on Aussie soil!”

For more info on the Sisters’ events in Sydney: [email protected] or 02 8204 4189

Related article: Sr Mary Grace: “I’ve never felt so free”

Sisters of Life Sydney Events:

Treasure in the Field – Evening for young women (18-35 years): Friday 17 May, 6pm, St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 104 Broadway, Chippendale

Feminine Genius Brunch – Morning for women (all ages) with talk by Sr Antoniana: Saturday 18 May, 10am, The University of Notre Dame, 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Theology on Tap – “Keeping anchored at all times” with talk by Sr Mary Grace (18-35 years): Monday 20 May, 6pm, Two Wolves Community Cantina, 202 Broadway, Chippendale

They left everything and followed him: Vocation stories for the new millenium with all Sisters of Life – public forum on religious and priestly vocations today: Tuesday 21 May, 6.30pm (all ages), St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame, 104 Broadway, Chippendale

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