For some months now, the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre has hosted weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions. These weekly Tuesday “events”, have been attended and enjoyed by many staff members from Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin. No in-depth knowledge of meditation is necessary to attend. All one needs to bring is “themselves” and a willingness to try it!
A recent press trip to Zambia was conducted by misean cara to emphasize how the distribution of the organisation's funding support to its members (including the Religious Sisters of Charity) has helped towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. You can view the press reports on misean cara’s MissionAid Newsletter (item f) here.
The recent international meeting on Combating Human Trafficking as reported here, had participants from every part of the congregation. Sylvia Valdez travelled from California and upon her return reported back to the ‘New Life’ group in St. Columban, Garden Grove on her experience. Here Sr. Brid O’Shea recounts what happened:
Last month in Ijebu Itele, Nigeria, fourteen people gathered at a 5 day workshop on Combating Human Trafficking. This included two Australian Sisters of Charity and three lay colleagues from Nigeria, California and Zambia, three Sisters from Nigeria, two from Ireland, one from England/Scotland, one from Zambia,one from California/Venezuela and a representative of the General Leadership Team.
An exciting opportunity for the Religious Sisters of Charity to engage in collaborative, prophetic action for justice, is taking shape since they have become members of UNANIMA International. This initiative is an opportunity for the congregation to work closely with their Sister Congregation in Australia as well as with the sixteen other congregations who are members of UNANIMA.
The Nigerian Region has had many reasons to celebrate in the last few months. Postulants joined the congregation in July and in September there were First and Final Vow celebrations
On the 26th of July 2010, three young women joined the Religious Sisters of Charity as Postulants. Their names are Edidiong William-Etim, Philomena Nnaji and Justina Osumune.
The issue of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is one of utmost importance to the Religious Sisters of Charity, with each Province and Region continually assessing their commitment to this in all their houses and ministries. Recently the Congregation issued a statement regarding their policy in this regard. You can see the statement by clicking on the PDF link in the following page:
Founder over 24 years ago by Sister Una Connelly, Valley Family Center is dedicated to providing counseling and educational services to facilitate personal growth, strengthen the family unit and protect human dignity for all persons in need. As the current Executive Director, Sister Carmel Somers provides the leadership and vision for the continued success of the organization.
Sr. Teresa Doherty RSC (on the right in photo) attended the International Prison Chaplain's Association conference in Stockholm from August 20 - 25th. There she met an Australian RSC, Sr. Patricia Staunton (left in photo) who also works in prison ministry. Teresa also attended a workshop there on human trafficking. Teresa has worked for over 35 years in Los Padrinos, a detention facility for incarerated youth under 18 years of age in Los Angeles.
Nigerian girls are being forced to work as prostitutes in Mali "slave camps", say officials in Nigeria. The girls, many of them under age, have often been promised jobs in Europe but ended up in brothels, said the government's anti-trafficking agency. The brothels are run by older Nigerian women who prevent them from leaving and take all their earnings.
The Intra-Congregational Vocation Formation Team Meeting took place in Nigeria September 13-17, 2010. Sisters of Charity from Nigeria, Zambia, Ireland, England/Scotland, California/Venezuela and Australia gathered at the Abbe Louis Bautain Retreat Center, Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State. See the video of some of the participants on the Videos page.
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