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Whanganui marks Venerable Suzanne Aubert birth date

WelCom July 2019:

Pictured (l-r): Sr Lusiana DOLC, Anna Thompson-Fraser, Kathleen Orsborn, Pat Rhodes, Karen Calman, Sr Litia dolc, Dale Greenbury, Helen Codlin and Maria Sutton.

‘I believe Mother Aubert was no social worker, but rather a Jesus worker,’ Fr Nathaniel Brazil said in his homily at midday Mass celebrating her birth date on 19 June 2019. Parishioners were involved in the ministries and Mass concluded with Fr Chris Skinner’s song With our Mother Suzanne and a reading of Eileen Duggan’s poem, A tribute to Mother Suzanne. Lunch and a dvd about this woman of great faith – he wahine whakapono nui, followed. Suzanne Aubert arrived in Whanganui in 1883 from Hawke’s Bay by train to begin 16 years mainly in Jerusalem. She often visited St Mary’s Church then situated in the main street, Victoria Avenue.

Words and photo: Sue Seconi