SECOND TO NUN: Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver (from left) Sr Reena John, Sr Eileen March and Sr Miriam Lorenz.
SECOND TO NUN: Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver (from left) Sr Reena John, Sr Eileen March and Sr Miriam Lorenz. Kevin Farmer

The devotion of three sisters keeps print on the page

THE good work carried out by the nuns at Toowoomba’s Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver includes writing and editing The Echo, a 24-page magazine/newsletter which helps raise funds to enable them to continue their philanthropy.

It was Mary Theresa Ledochowska, a Polish Catholic sister and missionary dedicated to service in Africa, who founded the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver in 1894 when she became concerned about the slave trade in Africa.

“It was after hearing a Cardinal Lavigerie when he was touring Europe, telling people about the slave trade in Africa towards the end of 1880, that Sister Mary Theresa took up the cause,” Sister Miriam from the Toowoomba missionary said.

“She had a talent for writing. She wrote a column in a local paper. By 1894 she had established a small magazine, Echo from Africa and Other Continents.”

Now the Toowoomba missionary continues the publishing of The Echo which was founded all those years ago by Sister Mary Theresa Ledochowska.

“We are only three sisters (here in Toowoomba),” Sister Miriam said.

“But we have a committee group who are devoted and very helpful..”

The Toowoomba missionary began in 1986 after a benefactor willed his Toowoomba home to the sisters.

“We came here 30 years ago,” Sister Miriam said.

Obviously Sister Miriam liked what she saw and so the local missionary was established and continues to operate three decades later.

If you would like to help and receive a copy of The Echo, write to the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Clavar, PO Box 727, Toowoomba.


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