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Our Lady of Coogee: Marian Visions in Irish Australia

Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, The
Volume 8 (2008/2009)

Abstract: The year 2002 was not the first time an apparition of Our Lady had appeared at Coogee. Over ninety years previously Eileen O'Connor, a young disabled Irish Australian, experienced a series of Marian visions and communications at her mother's home in Coogee. As with the 2002 events, the 1911 Marian visions at Coogee inspired compassionate, creative and surprisingly transgressive acts. They led O'Connor, herself bedridden with a severely painful spinal curvature, to co-found a community of nurses to serve the sick poor in Sydney. Her partner in founding in 1913 Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor (OLNP), popularly known as the Brown Nurses, was the local Coogee priest, Fr Edward McGrath, a Missionary of the Sacred Heart (known as MSC from the order's Latin title, Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis). ... In this present article I wish to pay more attention to the matrix of O'Connor and McGrath's relationship, work and community which is the figure of Mary and to ponder her role in their lives, their culture and their church.

To cite this article: O'Connell, Mary. Our Lady of Coogee: Marian Visions in Irish Australia [online]. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, The, Vol. 8, 2008/2009: 67-88. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=165709681203327;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1837-1094. [cited 23 May 17].

Personal Author: O'Connell, Mary; Source: Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, The, Vol. 8, 2008/2009: 67-88 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1837-1094 Subject: Catholic Church; Irish; Monasticism and religious orders; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; History; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection