In the early 1870s Father McAlroy was commissioned by Bishop Lanigan of Goulburn to recruit teaching nuns from Ireland for the schools in the Diocese of Goulburn, which then included Wagga Wagga.

Father McAlroy together with Dr Bermingham visited the Presentation Sisters in Kildare, where they spoke so eloquently on behalf of the Catholic population of the Riverina that some volunteers offered their services for the distant mission.

Five Sisters were chosen to bring Christian education to the children of the early settlers, many of whom had left their native oppressed land, so that they might be free to bring up their children in the Catholic faith.