In the United States, January 11th begins an annual month long awareness about the New Slavery! The RSC’s organized this year’s “Walk 4 Freedom” in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles to kick off the month of awareness raising on this issue.
Sr Angela Murphy recently joined Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) staff and volunteers who gathered for their Annual General Meeting in Lisbon to discuss how to provide better protection to urban refugees. Here she reports on the experience:
When I had completed my book on the life and work of Teilhard de Chardin it was suggested to me by the examiners that it should be published. I was quite amazed to hear this and consequently I was encouraged to pursue its publication. I tried the usual channels, but since I was an unknown author the publishers felt it too risky and declined publication.
Sister 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:
Our 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!
In 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:
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.
Propelled 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.
Recently St Agnes’ convent in Crumlin, Dublin closed its doors for the last time having been home to many Sisters of Charity who served the local community for 74 years. However, last spring Sr Ellen Galvin recalled the beauty of the garden and its inhabitants:
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