30th August 2014 was a very remarkable day in the Nigerian Region as families, friends and our sisters gathered at St. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel’s Catholic Church Satellite Town to celebrate and rejoice with our two sisters, Rachael Jikavworu and Irene Ugwoegbu as they make their Final Profession of Vows in our Congregation.
After the 2012 flood disaster in Nigeria, which affected over 27 states including Delta State, according to the National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria (NEMA) the following damage occurred:
* 7 million people were affected * 2.3 million people were displaced. * 597.476 houses were destroyed or damaged. * 363 people were killed. * An estimate of 2.6 trillion naira were lost.
We have seen some interesting developments in Neighbourhood Retreat in 2014. On October 4th, at the invitation of Sr Anna O’Connor SSP, Vicar for Religious in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Sr Lucy O’Sullivan and Sr Eilís Coe gave a training day in The Mercy Centre, Handsworth, Birminhham.
Participating in this RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) workshop/training was for me a very great privilege and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity. It was the first international event on trafficking at a venue outside Ireland that I had attended. It was entitled - Labour Trafficking and Migration Training - and it took place from 2-7 November 2014.
Christmas is a very special time of the year at St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank and this year was no different. It began with the ‘Light Up a Life Service’. This year the event took place on 30th November when a Christmas tree with over 4500 lights was illuminated in the Hospice grounds.
Congratulations to Sr Margaret Deegan, who was presented with the above award on 6th November in City West Hotel, Dublin. This award is open to all ancillary workers employed in an NHI registered nursing home. The award is established to celebrate the work that ancillary workers do, in ensuring that the physical and psychosocial environment of the nursing home is of a high quality and enhances the well-being of residents, teams and visitors. This award is open to staff in various different categories i.e. office, domestic, transport, maintenance, chaplain etc.
On one side of the Day Centre in Donnybrook was a disused garden area, approximately the size of the average suburban garden. In 2007 it was decided that this area could be transformed into a pleasant retreat where visitors to the centre could relax, a place where they could participate in a little gardening if they wished, and just a spot for escaping outdoors!
The launch of the Pope John Paul II Award in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, took place recently in the Holy Cross Church, Tramore, Co Waterford. Sister of Charity, Sr Marie Carroll attended the ceremony. Prior to attending the Award Ceremony, his Excellency the Most Reverend Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, visited Ardscoil na Mara.
In the United States Thanksgiving is the most celebrated holiday of the year. It is a season of gratitude and giving back. In the California Region efforts to create new partnerships with Lazarus has seen each sister making an effort personally and in her ministry to develop relationships, invite to the table and include those on the margins.
Dialogue for Development (D4D) has just published its 2nd Half Year Report on it's Peace-building Programme in Zambia. The Programme aims to foster dialogue and reconciliation at local and national levels on issues that promote human rights and integral human development. D4D'S vision is a society where peace and harmony exist and difference is celebrated. You can read the report by clicking HERE and you can read more about D4D HERE.
The year of consecrated life was opened in the Diocese of Motherwell, Scotland on the 29th November 2014 by Bishop Joseph Toal who was the principal celebrant at a Mass concelebrated by 25 priests. The Mass took place at St Bride’s Church and Poor Clare Monastery Bothwell.
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