Dear Members of the KRB Community
I am writing to update you on how we are remembering Sister
Philomene Tiernan rscj.
Since we came together as a school community to pray for Phil on Friday
afternoon there have been three Masses at which Phil has been prayed for and
A Parish Mass at St
Mary Magdalene at Rose Bay on Saturday morning which was attended by Board
members, parents, past parents, past students and current students
Our own Community Mass
on Sunday in the Chapel which was attended by students and their families from
Years 5 and 6, ELC and other families and students, members of staff, boarding
students and past students.
The National Service
at St Mary's Cathedral which was attended by our Board Chair Bryan Curtin,
Leadership Team members, students and parents.
We are using the Chapel as a place to remember Phil by quiet
prayer and writing in the Memory Book. Flowers started to arrive at the
gates on Saturday afternoon and all the flowers are being placed in the Chapel,
on the Altar and outside in the corridor. We also have photos of Phil on
display. We have had many floral tributes from schools across Sydney and
our Sacred Heart sister schools. Condolences and sympathy have been sent from
our schools across the world and many others in our community.
The Society of the Sacred Heart and Phil’s family have organised
a Mass of Celebration for the life of Sister Philomene rscj at Our Lady of the
Sacred Heart Parish in Randwick, at 10am on Friday 25th July. KRB will be
represented by myself, some staff and some students.
The school is organising a Mass of Celebration for Phil’s life
on Wednesday 13th August at 10.30am in the Edwina Taylor Clark Auditorium. This
may change depending on the outcome of the political situation surrounding the
crash site and when Phil’s funeral will occur. This school Mass will also be
for parents, past parents and alumnae who wish to attend. We will keep
our flags flying at half-mast until after the funeral.
I would like to conclude with an extract from what I said to our
Boarders yesterday evening.
“We can’t explain this dreadful plane crash but if some form of peace results
in the troubled eastern regions of Ukraine then there will be good. We need to
ensure that love always triumphs over hate.
For us, it’s not the best time for her, in her own words, to
have gone to God
but we have to let her go and honour her wonderful legacy of love and care, of
deeply influencing and touching so many of our lives and the lives of many over
her long years of service. She truly lived the Cor Unum spirit.
For those of you who never had the benefit of her influence in
your lives do not worry. Her spirit and her ideals are deeply rooted in this
community. They will continue to work their influence on us all.
Sister Aideen Kinlen rscj directed Phil’s recent Retreat at
Joigny, Burgundy and shared with me a poem they discussed:
What will matter is
the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how
long you will be remembered, by whom and for what [Anon]
Each one of us needs to live Cor
Unum as a way of keeping Phil’s memory alive."
We are looking at ways of keeping her memory alive and are keen
to hear the ideas of our community.