Sr Anne Curry writes about the many events and happenings in Lakelands community in Dublin this year - home to many active and retired sisters: "We had many occasions to celebrate during the year. We began on January 20th when we hosted the ‘Christmas Party’ for the senior sisters.
In July 2015 Columba Press approached the Congregation to ask if we would write a book about Mary Aikenhead. It was an historic year because we were celebrating our 200th anniversary and Pope Francis had declared Mary Aikenhead ‘Venerable’ on 18th March.
In September Focus Ireland released its annual report at its newly redeveloped housing in Stanhope Green in Dublin where it provides accommodation in 71 units (61 single units and 10 families) for people who were previously homeless. In this article you can read the Address by Sr. Stainslaus Kennedy at the Reopening at which Minister for Housing Simon Coveney was present.
In this interesting article Sr Mary Teresa Clarke, from the English/Scottish Province reflects on her ministry as a Prison Chaplain.
“During a Sabbatical after 20 years in Palliative Care, I became aware of a plaintive and persistent call, ‘I was in prison and you visited me’ Mathew 25:36…
On 8th September 2016, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in Holy Cross Church, Tramore, to mark the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of Charity Convent and Primary School in Tramore, Co. Waterford.
When I asked some members of the community what they most remembered about Sr Agnes Morgan’s jubilee day one said “The dancing”, another “The Mass was lovely”, “Wasn’t the sing song great!”, “It was great being with the Morgan family”, and “Meeting old friends and new ones”. Agnes celebrated her Golden Jubilee on 11th June, and she celebrated in style!
The morning of 2nd July 2016 was filled with joy and gratitude because the great day, the awaited day had arrived. Indeed, all roads in Monze diocese led to St. Paul’s Parish Church. Even a good number of cars including a bus from Lusaka headed in the same direction.
Women in many cultures are seen as objects and possession of men. Most often the widow is left with nothing to take care of the children after the death of her husband. The widow is also given to a family member to marry as a part of the man’s property and if she refuses she is pushed out of the house.
Our sisters in Konzalendo, Malawi have had a busy year working with three local communities to ensure that the local schools have enough classrooms and latrines. It makes al the difference to the children’s education to have a desk to sit at and adequate toilet facilities to prevent illness. The sisters worked with the communities to build 14 classrooms and 16 latrines.
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