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Commission on the Status of Women - Personal Reactions and Reflections by Kathleen Bryant RSC

csw-60-kathleen-thumbWhat a privilege it was to join 10,000 women from all over the world at the United Nations in New York City for the Commission on the Status of Women.    The Theme was Women’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development.  Building on the Beijing declaration and platform, education on the huge inequalities for girls and women were presented along with strategies for working towards gender equality.

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A Garden of Dreams at the Los Angeles RE Congress

0416recongressAt the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress the attendees had the opportunity to make the Stations of the Cross with the theme of Human Trafficking and see artifacts from survivors on display as well as their art work.  You can see a video of these stations below.  There were a few workshops on the issue that the Sisters of Charity attended - one featured two survivors.

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Abrahamic Roots Group

02-abrahamic-roots-thumbSr Patricia Byrne reports on a gathering she attended recently. It was a group of Muslim and Christian Women coming together to explore Scripture and Pray.
“I first encountered this group when they came to visit our hospice in Airdrie...

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Celebrating the Canonisation of Sts Louis and Zelie Martin

louis-zelie-martin-thumbOn the 26th of November a wonderful celebration was held in Blackrock Hospice to honour the canonisation of St. Louis and St. Zelie Martin, who were the first parents to be canonised on 18th of October, Mission Sunday 2015. The Hospice is named after St. Louis and St. Zelie and the ward which consists of 12 rooms for the patients is named St. Therése, so it was appropriate that we honour both parents and daughter.

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Zambia closes with an Opening

02 zambia ma preschool thumbThis may appear as a contradiction but it is a pleasant one.  As a nation we had been praying for rain, it was long overdue.  As Religious Sisters of Charity we were praying for a few dry hours on the morning of the 19th January 2016.

 

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Who Will Listen and Help Carry My Burden?

02-evaJust as Mary Aikenhead went out into the neighborhood or wherever the people were, so too our sisters go out to meet people “where they are at” as we say!  That might mean meeting them in their grief, their sorrow or going through a difficult divorce.  As Sr. Eva Bryan serves as Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph’s Parish, Long Beach she has created a new bereavement ministry.  Eva says that this has been the most life-giving ministry for her. Currently Eva listens and is present to 11 new widows and one widower.

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Ozoro Community in Nigeria Celebrate Mary Aikenhead

02-ozoro-200-celebration-thumbThe Sisters of Charity in Ozoro, planned the closing of the Bicentenary year and the celebration of the birthday of our Foundress Mary Aikenhead, to be a unique one on 19th January. We invited friends from the local community to be officially recognised as Friends of the Sisters of Charity.

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