A doubly precious locket

Burns family lockets

Co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, Rev. Father Edward McGrath msc, became close friends with the Burns family of Natick, Rhode Island, during his time in the USA. The family became staunch devotees of Eileen O’Connor and corresponded with the sisters at Our Lady’s Home in Coogee for more than 70 years. They attribute several cures to Eileen’s intercession. Elizabeth Brunero (née Burns) returned these two lockets, which were worn by various members of the Burns family for many years, to Our Lady’s Home in 2001. They contain strands of Eileen’s hair and fragments from Father McGrath’s crucifix.


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