The 16th January was drawing near and plans were being made to celebrate Sr. Rosemary’s Golden Jubilee. What to do?! Since coming to Konzaalendo we never had Mass in our house so we thought that this would be a fitting occasion to have Mass celebrated for the community. Fr. Martin Hancock was approached and he willing agreed. Next who to invite?
The month of January saw a lot of activity in Ibadan. Sisters Geraldine, Stella and Brid joined Sisters Justina and Rosemary to begin the new formation community. Immediately all hands were on deck to prepare the house for the arrival of the postulants. Sr. Rosaleen, the Regional Leader travelled back and forth from Lagos encouraging the process.
On Saturday 25th January 2014 the road to Namwala saw some Religious Sisters of Charity travelling for what was to be both a joyful and sad occasion. After fifty three years of faithful service to the people of Namwala the parish was saying farewell to the sisters and the sisters were saying farewell also.
The Californian Region had the great joy of celebrating Sr. Kathleen Newell’s 75th anniversary as a Sister of Charity on January 26th. Sisters celebrated with Kathleen and attended a special Mass with all Jubiliarians in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral.
It is not for the first time that extreme weather conditions have been felt in the UK over the past decade. Indeed we have had seasons of continuous and heavy snow, drought and heavy rain and floods. Each year seems to have brought a more extreme version of weather. What we got this winter surpassed any expectations in its severity and persistence.
The Irish Province marked this day in a special way - Mass was celebrated by Fr. Brendan Comerford S.J. at 3 p.m. and as usual, the beautifully decorated convent chapel was filled to capacity with Sisters of Charity and Friends of Mary Aikenhead - from far and near!
Sr Justina Nelson celebrated her Silver jubilee on the 9th November at Holy Family Catholic Church, Festac Town in Lagos. It was a day of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness and love as Justina surrounded by sisters, family members and friends, celebrated with joy and gratitude to God for twenty five years of dedicated service in the Congregation. She is grateful to all those who have touched her life during these past years.
In line with our 2013 General Chapter commitment, the Californian Region continues to search out new Lazarus’ in their ministries and outreach. On a recent trip with food and clothing to Mexico, Sr Margaret Farrell encountered a camp with 100,000 people who exist without electricity, running water, basic medical care or simple basic needs.
As it is customary for us throughout the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity to celebrate annually the birthday of our foundress, Mother Mary Aikenhead, on every 19th of January, St Mary’s Community, Ozoro, celebrated her birthday this year in a very special way with people after Mother Mary Aikenhead’s own heart.
On February 8th many Religious Sisters of Charity, Associates and Volunteers attended the annual Symposium on Human Trafficking. The Religious Sisters of Charity are one of the sponsors and organizers. The theme was From Pain to Inspiration and Action. Through music, art, film and drama the role of Art in the healing process of trafficking survivors was celebrated.
On 2nd February, a large number of consecrated persons gathered at the Cathedral for Mass with the New Archbishop of Ibadan, Archbishop Gabriel Abegunrin. He challenged everyone present to be prophetic and authentic witnesses of the Gospel.
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