Blessed Bernard Mary and Australia

Four Passionists had gone to Australia in 1842 to work among the Aborigines on Stradbroke Island. The mission had to be closed in 1846 and the religious assigned to work in the Apostolic Vicariate of Adelaide. Two of them died in Australia and two returned to Europe.

On 23rd May 1887 Father Bernard Mary Silvestrelli, Passionist Superior General, discussed with the General Consultors the request of Cardinal Moran, Archbishop of Sydney, to make a foundation in the Archdiocese. They accepted the proposal and decided that the general should choose some religious from the Anglo-Irish Province and send them to Australia under his direct authority.

[Bernard Mary Silvestrelli, Passionist by Fr. Fabiano Giorgini, C.P., p. 95-96]

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