Western Australia

WA Latest News

  • 28 February 2014: The slave who became a saint – W.A. Sisters supporting the fight against human trafficking
    Josephine Margaret Bakhita, F.D.C.C., was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Canossian Religious Sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. In 2000 she was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 15 February 2014: Celebrating 60 years of Religious Profession
    January 21 was a day of great celebration for the Western Australian Congregation when Sisters Joan Evans, Goretti Keane, Rita Goodchild, Angela Dowling, de Lourdes Mansfield, Agnes Griffin, Raphael Porter, Frances O’Halloran, Vincent O’Connor, Aquinas McMahon,  Mai Delahunty, Bridie Rafter, Phyllis Robertson and Esther Quinn celebrated 60 years Profession as Presentation Sisters.

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WA History

In May 1891, Presentation Sisters left Sneem and Michelstown in County Kerry, Ireland and sailed to England before making the long journey by ship and train to Geraldton, arriving in July 1891. Read more about the history of the Presentation Sisters in Western Australia



Sisters in Western Australia undertake a variety of ministries. These include: working with the homeless, assistance to the mentally and physically impaired, care of the aged, migrant and refugee support, parish pastoral work, social justice and spiritual direction. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education continue to be important ministries for Sisters.


Geography of Ministries: Western Australia and Thailand


Congregational Contact:

Lucy van Kessel pbvm
PO Box 12
Mosman Park WA 6912
Phone: (08) 9384 5433
Fax: (08) 9384 9095
Email: admin@preswa.com.au



Western Australian Sisters who attended Congress 2011:


Peter Doyle, Lucy van Kessel, Kathleen Laffan, Marion Beard, Anna Fewer,
Clare Sciesinski, Philomena Burrell, Christine Clarke, Frances Hayes

Christine and Marion visit the Geraldton Sisters


Dolores Desmond, Marion Beard, Evangelist Barrett, Christine Clarke


WA Sisters at the IPA Assembly: click here


WA Archives: click here