Spreading the word about ‘a saint in waiting’

The website has been launched ahead of the centenary of Eileen O

Sydney Archdiocese has launched a new website and social media platforms aimed at promoting the pathway to sainthood for Eileen O’Connor, the co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

Ms O’Connor has already taken a critical step towards becoming Australia’s second saint after her cause for canonisation was officially opened in February 2020 with an archdiocesan investigation underway into evidence of her reputation for holiness and a life of heroic virtue.

The new website, www.eileenoconnor.com.au, contains detailed biographical information on Eileen O’Connor’s life, prayers through her intercession and information on her legacy, including the Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, the Brown Nurses and Eileen O’Connor College for students with disabilities.

Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor centenary project leader Sr Margaret Mary Birgan hopes the new website encourages growing numbers of Australians to learn more about Ms O’Connor and the order she co-founded in 1913 with Fr Edward McGrath to care for the sick poor in their own homes.

“The new website has come at an important time for us as we prepare to mark the centenary of Eileen’s death in January 2021”, Sr Margaret Mary said.

“We are planning a number of events throughout next year not only in Sydney, but also in other areas where Our Lady’s Nurses have left their mark such as Brisbane, Newcastle and Minto. We hope the website and the Facebook and Instagram pages linked to it will help us spread the word about these important events and just generally raise greater awareness about what a special person Eileen was that really makes her ‘a saint in waiting’.”


New website and social platforms to promote Eileen O’Connor’s path to canonisation (Sydney Archdiocese)

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