03 Sep 2019

Final chapter for Catholic bookshop

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Final chapter for Catholic bookshop

After 57 years in Adelaide, Catholic bookshop Pauline Books and Media will close its doors this month.

The Daughters of St Paul have decided that the congregation’s Adelaide community is no longer viable, resulting in the closure of the three-storey shop in Hindmarsh Square and the departure of the two remaining Sisters.

“We are sad, I am crying,” said Sr Marisa Valzasina, who has been inundated with customers expressing their disappointment since the ‘closing down sale’ signs were put up last month.

“But the reality of our life is like this, we are elderly and we have no Sisters replacing us.”

“I feel terrible because I feel Adelaide is losing a little bit of its soul.

“People go to church and other rituals but the Spirit is here, we are part of the people.”

Born in Italy, Sr Marisa came to Adelaide in 1988 for six years and returned in 2003. Her co-worker Sr Grace Matsumoto came to Australia from Japan in 1989 and to Adelaide in 2007. At 81 and 74 respectively, they have continued to work six days a week from 9am to 5pm. “We go to Mass in the morning, come to work, go home and cook our dinner,” they said. “We hardly have time to pray.”

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