Mother Hilda installed as the new abbess at Jamberoo Abbey
March 25, 2019
On Monday 25 March 2019, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Bishop Brian Mascord installed Mother Hilda Scott OSB as the third abbess of the Benedictine Abbey of the Presentation of our Lord in Jamberoo.
Mother Hilda was elected some weeks back, but it is usual to have a period of time before the official blessing takes place. The Benedictine Abbey community were joined for the occasion by members of Mother Hilda’s family and, no doubt her parents were very much with them in spirit as they witnessed their daughter’s blessing with pride and joy from the heavenly realms.
On the day of her election, Mother Hilda received the symbol of the cross. During the installation, she received the staff, the seal and her ring from Bishop Brian. The abbatial blessing was a true encounter of the sacred with a beautiful liturgy and moving hymns sung by the nuns.
Mother Hilda has taken “Blessed are the pure in Heart” (Matthew 5:8) as her motto.
We pray for Mother Hilda as she begins her new role as shepherd of the community and proclaims her own fiat, “Be it done unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.