The Sisters of the Cross and Passion came to Melbourne in October 2007 following some years of discernment, dialogue and exploration. The initiative for this mission originally arose from an interest in living the Passionist vocation among some young women in Papua New Guinea. This brought the Sisters into contact with the Passionists in the Australian Province.
It was felt that for the mission to be grounded it would help to focus on ministry. The Sisters were invited by the Passionists to be involved in their Parish in Endeavour Hills in South East Melbourne. Endeavour Hills is an area which has a large and young immigrant population in cultural transition giving rise to a wide spectrum of needs. The parish is very diverse with some people of Australian Aboriginal identity as well as more recent arrivals from as many as seventy different cultures.
The Parish, which is very active and inclusive, is already involved in outreach work through the Passionist family movement and the Passionist companions. It is a parish offering many opportunities for the Sisters to be involved.
There are currently three sisters living in Endeavour Hills involved in catechises with youth and adults, adult formation and pastoral visiting, bereavement work, outreach to refugees, ecological awareness raising and retreat ministry. Endeavour Hills is situated near Dandenong one the dispersal areas for Asylum seekers and opportunities for working in this area are being explored.
It is a mission which offers great possibilities in terms of our Passionist Charism and our Congregation direction to work for a more just and compassionate world.