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Visit of Irish President to Malawi

Imelda and Predident Higgins thumbSr Imelda O’Brien RSC recalls her recent meeting with the President when he visited Malawi:

We had heard a rumour that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Mrs Sabina Higgins were coming on a visit to Malawi but we did not take much notice as we are far from the centre of activity, mainly Lilongwe, where such visits take place. 

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Adult Literacy in Konzalendo

Graduation class with teacher thumbThe sisters in Konzalendo, Malawi have been working with the people helping them with adult literacy classes.  Here they explain what they have been doing and how it has been received by the people:
The desire to read and write is a big need for the people in our parish that is for those who never had the opportunity to go to school.  In response to this need we organised seventeen adult literacy classes over the past two years.  The class instructors are men and women who live locally and receive a small remuneration for their services.

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Mary Aikenhead becoming more widely known in Japan

japan-blake-thumbTowards the end of September 2013 a Japanese lady rang the door bell of St. Vincent’s Convent, Cork.  She had no appointment but she certainly had a special mission and purpose for her visit.  Ms Yoko Hosono was received and welcomed by Sr. Mary Scanlan who listened to her story.

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Year of Consecrated Life begins soon

ycl-logo-2014-11In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world.  The Year of Consecrated Life will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29, 2014, and end on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated life.

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Read Sr Edith Reflection on the 2015 RECongress Theme

recongress2015logo.JPGThe Registration Guidebook for the 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is now online and available HERE! The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress. You can also read Sr Edith Prendergast's reflection on the 2015 Congress theme 'SEE' by clicking HERE.

We Care! God Heals! - From a Clinic to a Hospital

stmarys-ozoro-thumbFor 58 years St Mary's Catholic Maternity Clinic has been doing great work in the lives of the people in Isoko Nation.  Just recently it was officially recognised in the Community as a 'Hospital' by the simple gesture of the dignitaries from the Church and the local community. About fifty people gathered in the Clinic on the 26th of July 2014 to unveil the sign-post depicting 'Hospital'.

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A Proud Day for St Margaret's Hospice

Baton-thumbIn August 2014, Glasgow welcomed the 20th Commonwealth Games. As part of the ceremony, the Queens Baton Relay team crossed the 70 Nations and Territories taking part in the Games covering 190,000 km in 288 days.  From 14 June to 23 July 2014 the Baton was in Scotland and during the Baton’s tour of West Dunbartonshire, our hospice, St Margaret of Scotland, was delighted to welcome the Queen’s Baton on Friday 18 July 2014.
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The Happiness of True Encounter

novices-thumb-1114Agatha, Rosemary and Sarah, three of our novices in Nigeria, recall some recent encounters they had with people and how they have been challenged to think about how they are living out the call of our General Chapter Statement.


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Religious Leadership in a Time of Challenge and Change

california-discernment2014-thumbAs part of our California Regional Discernment Day September 26th, Sr. Joyce Meyer gave us a talk about the challenges facing leadership.   Joyce reminded us that each of us is a leader.  Here is some of the wisdom that Joyce shared with us.  For the future, those in leadership face three main challenges:

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Association of Consecrated Women of East and Central Africa

acweca2014-thumbThe opening Mass of the 16th Plenary Session of ACWECA took place on 17th August 2014 at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus, Lusaka, Zambia under the theme: “Go out, be not afraid, and serve”. Prior to the Mass the Cathedral grounds were filled with women religious from all Dioceses of Zambia, along with women religious from each of the countries of East and Central Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Republic of Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

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