As reported before on our website, 18 Australian Pilgrims visited Ireland in September 2011 to immerse themselves in the footsteps of Mary Aikenhead. Here two of the pilgrims share some of their reflections on their visit...
On 15th October this year hundreds gathered at London Stock Exchange to attempt to occupy the area around the building and erect a camp. The event took its cue from a similar protest on Wall Street in New York where the Occupy Wall St campaign began earlier in the month. These protests are part of a global movement against corporate greed and a financial system which puts profit first.
A Leaders Training Workshop took place in Mary Aikenhead Centre, Donnybrook on 14/15 October 2011. There were 25 participants from all over Ireland - four travelling from Belfast. More than half were lay people. Most of the ‘sisters’ were ‘returned missionaries’ and we had one priest! All were anxious to become involved in retreat work with small groups.
Saturday 3rd September was a special day in the Irish Province as the new Leadership Team was commissioned.
Sisters arrived in Merrion in great numbers from early afternoon to show their support and encouragement for the incoming team and their grateful appreciation for the outgoing team.
Standing on the Shoulders of the ones who went before us...
In 2008 a group of 7 men from the Benada area under the leadership of Michael Collins came to Maamba in Zambia and built a magnificent skills training workshop and offices. Six were professional builders. A further blessing was that they worked very closely with the local community and passed on their expertise.
Cleopatra Nakwenda and Felistus Mulabanya, first year novices in Zambia, recall the recent First Profession of Sr. Sandra Mwaanga:
As a region we had experienced a period of drought in terms of first professions for about three years. Hence Sandra’s profession was a day of great joy not only for Sandra but for the region as a whole.
On 14th October 2011 The Oasis Centre celebrated 15 years of counselling in the North Inner City, Seville Place at the Mansion House, Dublin.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, opened the celebration. He acknowledged the great work done in the Oasis Centre and congratulated all those involved on their achievement.
It was indeed a very joyful day for the Religious Sisters of Charity, Nigeria, as they witnessed the first profession of three Sisters - Martina Iyamah, Rosemary Egbosi and Beatrice Opia. The celebration took place on 10th September 2011, a bright sunny day in the middle of the rainy season. The family members, friends and sisters from the different communities graced the occasion.
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