On Saturday, 22 July more than 150 Sisters of Charity and Friends of Mary Aikenhead gathered in Donnybrook to mark the 159th anniversary of Mary Aikenhead’s death. Mass was celebrated in the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre with Monsignor Lorcan O’Brien as the chief celebrant.
A special Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, July 1 to mark a significant moment in the lives of two of Australia’s religious congregations. The Liturgy marks the day that Our Lady’s Nurses of the Poor, founded in 1913 by Eileen O’Connor and Fr Edward McGrath msc, come under the aegis of the Congregational Leader and Council of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia for governance, administration, and pastoral care.
The Religious Sisters of Charity Will End Our Involvement in Saint Vincent’s Healthcare Group and Will Have No Involvement in the New National Maternity Hospital
Statement by Sr Mary Christian, Congregational Leader of the Religious Sisters of Charity
“The Religious Sisters of Charity will end our involvement in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and will not be involved in the ownership or management of the new National Maternity Hospital.
“For the last two years we have been actively working to find the best way to relinquish our shareholding of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG). It includes three hospitals; St. Vincent’s University Hospital, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.
The week leading up to Holy Week is not one you would associate with celebration but for us in the Zambia/Malawi region that is exactly what it was. Sr. Namunji Silishebo was committing her life to God by professing her final vows.
Our local schools play a central role in our communities. They are places where friendships are formed, learning takes place and families join together with the common goal of nurturing our children and enriching our society. To celebrate all that is good and positive in our primary schools, the CPSMA (Catholic Primary Schools Management Association) invited schools to participate in a national art competition with the theme: ‘Celebrating our Local Primary School’.
On visits to the different regions of the Congregation, members of the General Leadership Team are given the opportunity to see the sisters working closely with people. Developing a love for and an ability to walk with the poor is at the heart of our formation and there are many opportunities for sisters to do this in the areas we live and work.
Sr Suzette Clarke writes from Australia about our involvement in UNANIMA International. "This year UNANIMA International (UI) is celebrating its fifteenth year. The Religious Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Australia took a joint membership in 2011. Sr Pat Kenny was our inaugural board member for 4 years and now I am the board member until 2018.
There are around 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing National Holy Wells Day invites you to become aware of how precious water is. Visit a local Holy Well and pray for the protection of water. Plan with others how you can protect the water in your area. For more information CLICK HERE.
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