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Artist in Residence

Susan Daily IBVM

I come from Australia and I am known for my religious graphic art, photography and silk drops.

Art has always been an integral part of my life. I have worked as an artist, teaching, and inspiring teachers in schools and parishes. I have developed books, CD-ROMs and websites as resources for others featuring my original works. A highlight of my ministry has been working in our First Nations Aboriginal communities and setting up art groups and supporting very gifted artists to have a career in the arts.

I passionately believe “a picture tells a thousand words”.  We all know an image that supports what is being said gives the message greater meaning and depth, today the use of emojis is a modern technological response to this notion.

My appointment as artist in residence at the General Congregation 2022 challenges me to listen and respond to all that happens In Manresa and sharing it visually.

The members from Anawim Arts are going to be on call to contribute images and photographs so that we can offer a variety of expression. We invite and welcome anyone who would like to contribute images, photographs, videos, music, songs and poems to send them to we would love to include them.

Susan Daily IBVM OAM 

Facebook: Susan Daily Art

Instagram: susan_daily_art

Pinterest: @susandaily545

Artwork Inspired by the GC22 Proceedings

Arlene Ashack IBVM
Clotilde de Maroussem IBVM
Clotilde de Maroussem IBVM
Arlene Ashack IBVM


Let us rejoice and celebrate this first step of becoming one Institute

Bring out your jingles and drums,

Your guitars, cellos, harps and banjos

Adorn your heads with coloured beads,

Legs with anklets and jingles

Shake to rhythmic sounds and melodious ululations.

The journey to becoming one is long but possible

We have walked on dusty roads

Swarm on muddy rivers

Quenched our thirst in running streams

Trod on dark valleys and climbed on Rocky Mountains

Searching, pleading, and yearning to become one

Today, we see the light, our first step to becoming one Institute.

Seed planted in fertile soil centuries ago

Nurtured and watered by Mary Ward

A courageous, visionary woman

Today, the seed wiggles through the cracks of mother earth

The womb that nurtured and fed her for so many years

As she searched in the dark for a glimpse of light

To see what lies ahead

She now makes her first difficult step to embrace the light

In her journey to fulfill Mary Ward’s dream

Today, the first step to becoming one Institute.

Rejoice, you ‘new life’, you ‘new beginnings’

Blossom as you continue growing in the hearts of these great women

See the smile in their lips

The glow in their faces

The determination in their steady feet

Jingles and anklets announcing their coming

Together as they continue the next step to becoming one

In humility together they move

In unison as a tendril caressing a might tree

The great women of our times

Together responding to Mary Ward’s desire, ‘that they may be one’

CJ and IBVM, in trust and doubting not our Lord

Continuing the journey of becoming one, Jesus say, Amen.

(Wamũyũ Wachira (IBVM) – Eastern Africa, Province – 15 October 2022