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Built On A Hilltop: Good Shepherd Sisters in WA 1902-2002, by Geraldine Byrne

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 Contents - Nov 2003AD2000 November 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Anglicanism at the crossroads - Peter Westmore
John Paul II elevates Archbishop George Pell to the College of Cardinals - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Social Justice Statements: in whose name should they be published? - Richard Egan
Melbourne on course despite brain drain - Fr Paul Stuart
Vocations: Missionaries of God's Love congregation flourishes in Canberra - Mary Pidcock
Melbourne's Caroline Chisholm Library passes ten year mark - Michael C.C. Ryan
Vocations: Father James Gould and the hallmarks of successful vocations promotion - Michael Rose
Tattoos and body-piercing: the moral dimension - Fr Peter Joseph
Interview: Vatican Cardinal praises Mel Gibson's film 'The Passion'
Letters: Cardinal Pell (letter) - Alan Hoysted
Letters: Celibacy (letter) - Kim Albertini
Letters: Vatican II - Peter D. Howard
Letters: The Footy Show (letter) - Patricia Kelly
Letters: The Mass? (letter) - Kevin McBride
Education: The Catholic Church's one Founder - Fr John O'Neill
Letters: Role model? - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Hypocrisy (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Letter from India
Letters: Good out of evil (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Lourdes pilgrimage (letter) - Jenny Davies
Events: Vocations Camp - Fr Duncan Wong FSSP
Books: A Grief Unveiled, by Gregory Floyd - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Built On A Hilltop: Good Shepherd Sisters in WA 1902-2002, by Geraldine Byrne - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
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Reflection: Cardinal Pell on Pope St Gregory the Great and the duties of bishops - Cardinal George Pell

BUILT ON A HILLTOP: A History of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Western Australia 1902-2002
by Geraldine Byrne

(Perth, 2003, 247pp. Available from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, 52 Ruislip Street, Leederville, WA 6007, tel (08) 9381 3955. Hardcover $55.00, softcover $30.00, plus postage)

The Catholic contribution to the Australian nation has been both significant and inspirational. Catholics, lay and religious, have built this nation by engaging its people at the grassroots level.

No better example of this engagement of the grassroots is the contribution of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Western Australia.

In this beautifully bound and extensively researched volume, entitled Built on a Hilltop, the Sisters' contribution to women in particular is told.

The Good Shepherd Sisters arrived in Leederville near Perth in 1904 and immediately set out to work with women, particularly those who needed the most care.

Their commitment to these young women continued for more than ninety years, despite the usual criticism and hardships that came with the missionary work.

This work has extended in recent times to aboriginal women, women in prison and adolescent girls having difficulty at school.

In reading this volume one cannot help but wonder where many girls would have ended up if it had not been for the work of the Good Shepherd Sisters. Their contribution is significant and author Geraldine Byrne has done her best to highlight the zealous work of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Anthony Cappello is the Victorian State President of the National Civic Council.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 10 (November 2003), p. 17

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