Press Release: Kildare ministries

The Brigidine Sisters are pleased to announce the approval of a new Public Juridic Person Kildare Ministries by the Vatican, that will eventually take responsibility for the educational services and community works sponsored by the Brigidine Sisters.

“It is an historic time for the Congregation,” said Sr Louise Cleary, Congregational Leader of the Brigidine Sisters. “We are delighted that the partnership we have with our colleagues in ministry is recognised in this new venture and are confident that our colleges will continue to grow and develop their story built on the strong foundations of Catholic education in the Brigidine tradition.”

Kildare Ministries will initially assume canonical and civil responsibility for Brigidine colleges in Australia: Brigidine College, Indooroopilly, Queensland, Brigidine College, St Ives, NSW, Kildare College Adelaide and the following schools in Victoria: Marian College, Ararat, St Joseph’s Echuca, Clonard College, Geelong West, Kilbreda College, Mentone, Killester College, Springvale and Marian College, Sunshine West. Kildare Ministries Implementation Committee has been appointed to plan the transition over the next 18-24 months.

Sr Louise said that Kildare Ministries is the first public juridic person of pontifical right to be approved for the ministry of Catholic education in Australia and it will continue the commitment of the Congregation which began in this country in 1883. This was recognised and affirmed by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Vatican establishing authority, in the following words, “It is evident, that with the benefit of the foresight of Bishop Daniel Delany, the educational works of Sisters of St Brigid have been, for more than two hundred years, a strong and vigorous part of the Church’s educational ministry. May this new public juridic person, Kildare Ministries building on this foundation, with the assistance of expert laity, be a source of strength and apostolic vision for the future of this important ministry in the Church.”

Messages to Louise Cleary CSB – Congregational Leader