“Shine like lights in the world.” Phil. 2: 15. We let our light shine every day but we did this for each other on June 19th at Caritas! In these days of divisive rhetoric and polarization in both the Church and the world, women religious came together at the top of a hill in Culver City to celebrate the Light of Christ shining within each of us and enjoy a barbeque together.
The Intra-congregational Vocation/Formation team (ICVFT) met from 9th-13th July in Clydebank, Scotland. A wonderful Scottish welcome awaited the group who were meeting for the last time to complete the tasks set before them in 2009. The flags were flying to welcome the group -
The second International Counter- Trafficking meeting took place at the Stella Maris Retreat Centre in Howth, Dublin from 23rd to 27th July. It was attended by 12 Sisters of Charity from Australia, California/Venezuela, England/Scotland, Ireland, Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia.
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Michele Morek, Co-ordinator of UNANIMA-International (UI), to Dublin on 21st /22nd July 2012. Michele wanted to meet as many of the Ireland based congregations of Religious represented on the UI Board. We, the Religious Sisters of Charity, took up her offer to visit us and she met with various groups of Sisters at the Generalate, Sandymount and Donnybrook.
Sr Mary Charles Walker was a Sister of Charity with a true missionary spirit. During her life she lived and worked in both Zambia and Nigeria.
When she was in Nigeria she felt that an indigenous congregation should be started. Her desire was fulfilled when four of the young women she taught in St. Joseph’s Convent School, Calabar, expressed the desire to become religious sisters.
On 6th June 1812 Mary Aikenhead started her Novitiate (religious formation) at the Bar Convent in York, England. This year each Province and Region was invited to celebrate the 200th anniversary of this momentous day for the Congregation. Here we read an account from California/Venezuela.
It is interesting to see how many Religious Congregations and Societies share the same motto as ourselves (The love of Christ urges us on). One such Society is St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (affectionately known as Kiltegans). The priests from St. Patrick’s have been closely associated with us in Roma, since the school began nearly fifty years ago...
There is an air of excitement and celebration this week as the Eucharistic Congress unfolds. Right now we are in the fifth day of the Congress and by the time you read this enewsletter the Eucharistic Congress 2012 will be history. Yet the memories and the experience of being part of it will live on.
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