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Celebration of Sister Mary Finian Bourke’s 100th Birthday

finian thumbSister Mary Finian Bourke celebrated her 100th Birthday on 5 June 2013.  It was a wonderful celebration, attended by a number of her extended family, the Lakelands Community in Dublin and many other sisters and friends. Sometime after the celebration Sr Finian was interviewed and was asked about the celebration and how it feels to be 100:

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Celebration of our Patronal Feast

assumption thumbOur Patronal Feast this year was quite special!  Many of us were going to meet the new General Leadership Team for the first time and despite the gloomy predictions of the Weather Man (who forecast rain for the afternoon), about 130 sisters arrived!  They came from everywhere - Zambia, Nigeria, Los Angeles, Scotland, England and Ireland!

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Golden Days!

angela teresa thumbTwo sisters in the English Scottish Province celebrated their Golden Jubilee in September.  Sr Angela Murphy and Sr Teresa Harmon share with us what the day meant to them.

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Golden Jubilee of Roma Secondary School, 1963-2013

roma thumbIn September Roma Secondary School in Lusaka, Zambia celebrated it’s Golden Jubilee.  Sr Marie Bernadette O’Leary, a former teacher in the school, travelled to Zambia with Srs Bridie Collins and Christina Rankin to join in the celebrations.  Below Sr Marie Bernadette recalls the great time had by all and this is followed by a message from Sr Margaret Mary Chileshe the Regional Leader in Zambia - who also happens to be a former pupil, teacher and Deputy Head of Roma School:

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First Profession Celebrations in Nigeria

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The First Profession ceremony of Srs. Justina Osumune, Edidiong William Etim and Philomena Nnaji was held in St. Anne’s Convent, Satellite Town Lagos on 21st September, 2013.
Six priests in were in attendance. Fr. Matthew Isidor S.J, Fr. Jerome Akinyemi, Fr. Irabor, Fr. Ekimini William Etim, Fr. Divine Ekebe and Fr. Moses Sade.

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Creating New Partnerships in California

teresa-doherty nov13Propelled by our General Chapter invitation to create a new table, several sisters in the Californian Region have been acknowledged publicly for their partnerships with those made poor.   Sr. Teresa Doherty was featured in the County probation newsletter and described as a “jewel in the probation crown” for her prison ministry to youth for 38 years.  “And at 82 years young, she doesn’t appear to be slowing down one bit.” Teresa was the first woman chaplain to serve in the Probation Department.

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