Tullow Crest


Brigidine History

“Nothing is as strong as gentleness. Nothing is as gentle as real strength.” Daniel Delany Confronted by poverty, violence, crime and illiteracy, Bishop Daniel Delany became convinced that the best way forward was to begin providing basic education to the people of Ireland. Bishop Delany saw women as his allies in this mission and so, on 1 February, 1807, founded the Congregation of St Brigid at Tullow, the centre of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Daniel Delany chose St Brigid as the patroness, thereby linking the Congregation to the spiritual heritage of St Brigid, Patroness of Ireland, and to the ancient Order of St Brigid of Kildare which existed in Ireland from the fifth until the sixteenth century. From the onset Brigid’s ministry was associated with deeds of hospitality and compassion. Down through the centuries, St Brigid has become a figure of wisdom to the Irish people.The Brigidines came to Australia in 1883 to continue the work inspired by their patroness.

When Canberra Girls’ High school opened on February 3rd, 1959 the Brigidine sisters lead by Mother Winifred and Mother Carmel were a part of the six Foundation Orders for the present day Merici College. These two accomplished women went on to become famous as the founding members of The Canberra Youth Orchestra. Merici College’s relationship with the Brigidine Order of nuns continues until the present day and we are delighted to have the support and interest of Sister Lorraine and Sister Jane Keogh.

Tullow House Prayer

Gentleness and self-control. There are no laws against such things” – Galatians 5:23

A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by always being ready to help others, speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts.

Loving God,
guide us in our endeavours to succeed during
our time at Merici College.
May you empower us as young women to display strength of courage and
gentleness of heart as shown by Saint Brigid.
Caring God, open our hearts to work together and be considerate of others.
May you encourage us to celebrate our strengths and learn from our weaknesses.
Compassionate God, may we be active members of the
Tullow community and assist those who are troubled, particularly the homeless.
May we continue to display the virtues of kindness and compassion expressed by Saint Brigid as
she guides us on our spiritual journey.
“Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near” - Philippians 4:5

Tullow Acrostic Poem