“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.
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
Our CharityWho are they and what do they do?
Street Swags is a non-for-profit organisation that produces durable bedding for Australia’s homeless. Street Swags has empowered and brought together all levels of our community.
A bag with room for extra belongings, the street swag is made of super lightweight waterproofed canvas with a high-density foam mattress. It offers its users a degree of comfort, warmth and protection from the weather. Designed for those living on the streets, its discrete appearance and camouflage colours, offer some safety for those who need to be invisible. Over 30,000 Street Swags have been distributed in Australia and Street Swags have an outstanding safety record.
"Street Swags are about keeping people alive, long enough for communities to take responsibility for their own."
Why is Street Swags important to the community it serves?
Street Swags is an extremely important organisation. The bags provide protection from the cold weather. This is essential for the many Australian homeless who do not have adequate shelter and equipment and are forced to "sleep rough".
Street Swags is a highly significant and invaluable part of the community as it serves the disadvantaged and provides the less fortunate with peaceful and warm nights. Charities like Street Swags give the homeless a safe place to sleep. Although it may seem like a small gift to you, this street swag is a precious gift to those in need.
Numerous aid organisations, hospitals, community groups and volunteers distribute street swag bags, blankets, hygiene packs and knitted winter essentials across Australia. As well as assisting the homeless, the work of organisations like Street Swags enables a quick response to disasters such as the Victorian Bush Fires.