by NZ CATHOLIC staff
On March 1 Little Company of Mary Sisters celebrated the union of their communities in Australia, New Zealand and Tonga, becoming one province named the Little Company of Mary
Province of the Southern Cross.

The new LCM Province Team,  from left: Australian Sisters Helen Kelly, Jennifer Barrow, Kathleen Cotterell, Bernadette Fitzgerald (provincial), and Raye Boyle — New Zealand.
The new LCM Province Team, from left: Australian Sisters Helen Kelly, Jennifer
Barrow, Kathleen Cotterell, Bernadette
Fitzgerald (provincial),
and Raye Boyle — New Zealand.

Australia had been the Province of the Holy Spirit, and New Zealand and Tonga had been the NZ-Tonga Region of the Blessed Sacrament.
Prayerful discernment, discussion and planning preceded the union.
The new province team met in Christchurch in February for the first time. The team said later in a statement that, united in hope, they looked forward to this new expression and recalled
the words of their founder, Mary Potter: “We are messengers of God’s infinite and inclusive love. Let us thank God for the past — let us trust him for the future.”

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