The Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart announced this morning that Dr Sister Mary Glowrey JMJ will be declared a Servant of God in India next week.
The poor were the people of her choice and incurable patients had a special place in her heart.
The Archbishop said, “It is my pleasure to let you know that on Wednesday, 27th March 2013, at the Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Guntur, India, Bishop Gali Bali will declare Dr Sister Mary Glowrey a ‘Servant of God’ as the commencement of the diocesan phase of the process for possible Beatification.”
Mary Glowrey was a gifted doctor at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and had a private practice in Collins St Melbourne. She was the founding President of the Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga.
She later went to India in 1920, joined the Congregation of the Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and was the Founder of the Catholic Health Association of India.
Mary Glowrey was born on 23rd June 1887 in the small township of Birregurra in Victoria. The family relocated to Watchem in the Mallee region when Mary was five. When Mary was thirteen, she won a scholarship to attend school at South Melbourne College. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1910 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Mary Glowrey was said to radiate Christ by word and example. Mary never attempted anything without praying to the Holy Spirit, knowing that with the help of the Holy Spirit all things are possible. For the last two years of her life, she shouldered the Cross of excruciating physical pain which she bore with extraordinary courage and patience. Mary died in Bangalore on Sunday, 5th May 1957. Her last words were: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph” and “My Jesus, I love you”.