The year 2015 marks exactly 200 years since Mother Mary Aikenhead founded the Religious Sisters of Charity; her followers all over the world celebrate this bicentenary with the continuation of her good works. The Religious Sisters of Charity (Kabwata Convent, Zambia) celebrated this special feast by organising a visit to Lusaka Central prison with their Associates.
The International World Congress of Prison Chaplains was held in Sydney, Australia from Sept. 19th to the 24th with 50 countries in attendance. Sr. Teresa Doherty (California) and Sr. Pauline Staunton (Australia) represented the Religious Sisters of Charity.
With the Theme "Rejoice" the closing Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life took place in St. Anne's Church, Rockferry on Saturday 24th October at 12noon. This was for the Diocese of Shrewsbury and was attended by many sisters, lay consecrated, parishioners and friends of the Sisters.
On the 7th November an Award Ceremony for Volunteers was held in the Restaurant in Harold’s Cross. This was to mark the great work done by volunteers in our services down through the years and was particularly fitting in this special year marking the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Congregation.
Here Sr Chioma Ezeh tells us about the recent celebrations in Okpara Inland where they joined two church feasts together:
"The 22nd day of November 2015 was indeed a joyful, prayerful and remarkable day here in Okpara Inland, Delta State. It was a day the entire Okpara Catholic Community came out in their numbers to celebrate Christ as our Universal King.
Sr. Margaret Mary recalls the great celebration that took place in Chikuni to celebrate this special year: "Sr. Jacinta and I went to celebrate the 22nd of July with the Sisters in Chikuni and the local community around. We had a wonderful celebration.
The children from Gardiner Street Primary School will never forget the day the President came to visit on 8th June 2015. President Michael D. Higgins opened the newly refurbished classrooms. The school looked fantastic while the Presidential Salute was played by a group of children as the President entered the school gate.
On the 20th November we had a gathering to celebrate 200 years of Religious Sisters of Charity. It was an appropriate day for the celebration because it coincided with the 133rd Anniversary of the Sisters of Charity continued presence and ministry in Seville Place.
Following much planning and preparation the day for our 200 anniversary celebrations finally came. During the previous weeks we had immediate and remote preparations. How many and who to invite was a challenge. There are thirteen outstations in the parish so ten members from each received invitations together with representatives from the different parish groups.
Sisters Angela Murphy and Florence Kavanagh from Hackney community travelled to Bristol to attend the closing Mass of Bristol convent. Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, was chief celebrant. The Mass was celebrated in the Convent chapel and was a very prayerful liturgy with those present very aware of all who had played a part in the history of the Sisters presence in Bristol.
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