Tasmanian farewell to the Franciscans

End of an era

West Tamar Parishioners shared bitter-sweet feelings on Sunday as they farewelled Father Allan Hartcher ofm and Sister Frances McShane mss, ending 58 years of Franciscan presence at Riverside in Tasmania.

- Archdiocese of Hobart

Sister Frances, who is retiring after living in Beaconsfield for the past ten years, was remembered as a shepherdess who had qualities of both Martha and a Mary. While ‘holding the Christ light for us’ she was also the ‘queen of the car boot sale’ and raised many thousands of dollars for the Parish. She is retiring to Claremont in January.

After five years in the parish, Fr Allan will begin his retirement in Waverley New South Wales in January. He is loved for his generous gentle spirit, for his prayer and preaching and his deep love of music. He is a humble man of many talents who has ministered in Riverside, Beaconsfield and Glengarry. The Parish is most grateful for him coming to them in 2008 when it was feared there would be no more Franciscans available.

There has been a Franciscan presence in Riverside for nearly 58 years. The order is now withdrawing from the Archdiocese and Fr Paul Smith ofm officially handed over control of the Parish to the Archbishop at the end of the Mass. There have been 51 Franciscan priests and brothers over the 58 years.

The school, initially run by the Presentation Order, opened in 1959. 

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