Sancta Centenary Podcast Series

As we approach 100 years of Sancta, we will be meeting with influential alumni, staff and residents to reflect on our past, present and future as a home away from home for women studying in Sydney.

Episode 1: Sr Mary Shanahan RSCJ OAM

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In this episode, Sr Mary Shanahan RSCJ OAM discusses:

  • The story of St Madeleine Sophie Barat and the RSCJ
  • Sancta’s founding and women’s education at the time
  • The RSCJ values and how they are embedded at Sancta
  • The common challenges that students encounter during their College years
  • Sr Shanahan on her hopes for Sancta’s future
  • The disparity between philanthropic giving to men’s vs women’s institutions



Acknowledgement of Country by Isabella Holmes, Sancta Resident and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secretary (Undergraduate House Committee)

Interviewer: Amy Coleman, Sancta’s Director of Community Engagement

Interviewee: Sr Mary Shanahan RSCJ OAM – past student, vice principal, principal and current chaplain of Sancta


Podcast credits:

Cover art by Gabrielle Boshier, Sancta Resident

Produced, mixed and edited by Hayden Edwards (Sancta’s Marketing and Development Officer) and Amy Coleman (Sancta’s Director of Community Engagement)


This podcast is recorded on the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Country you are joining us from and pay our respects to any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander People who are listening.