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.
Sr Cynthia Nwaichi shares the joyous experience of the day of her First Religious Profession which took place on the 27th February 2016 in Nigeria. “Two years ago on 6th February I became a novice in the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity and for the next two years was accompanied in my formation by my Novice Director, Sr Geraldine Hamukale.
During July and August eight sisters, four from Nigeria and four from Zambia, had the privileged of visiting Ireland for the first time to walk in the ‘Footsteps of Mary Aikenhead’. During their time in Ireland the sisters also had the opportunity to take part in workshops relevant to life in our Congregation in the 21st century. In this article each sister shares what the experience meant to her.
Children’s day! A special day to recognize, honor, celebrate and appreciate children – GOD’S GIFTS. The celebration is held on different days in several countries. In Nigeria, it is celebrated on 27th May, annually. Children are said to be gifts from God. It doesn’t matter the sex and physical state or condition of the child. These children are the future of many generations...
The editor of Africa Magazine, Fr Tim Redmond, recently met with Sr Kayula Lesa from Zambia. As a result of this meeting Sr Kayula featured in an article in the magazine. We are grateful to Fr Tim and the staff at Africa magazine for allowing us to re-produce the article here.
Several RSC’s attended the 10th Annual Mary Award Brunch on Sunday, 17th April, 2016, where Sister Kathleen Bryant was one of four recipients of “The Immaculate Heart of Mary Award.” This award is presented to people who exemplify the IHM Mission Statement “To build relations in society which foster access of all persons to truth, dignity, and full human development”
Several Sisters of Charity, including Sr Mary Christian and Sr. Rita Dawson, joined friends and supporters of St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie at a special Mass to celebrate 30 years of the hospice. Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell led the Mass on April 26, which was attended by Sisters, staff and volunteers, politicians, clergy, donors and people who have helped the hospice over the years.
During the past few months Ireland has been marking the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary. The RSC Archives contain many accounts of what was happening at the time. Here we present some ‘Snippets from the Archives’
A Laudato SI conference was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 24th to 26th April, 2016. The Conference was on “Care of our Common Home in the Context of Large Scale Investments: Mining and Agriculture.” It was organised by Caritas- Zambia and Jesuits Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in conjunction with Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) and Cooperating partners.
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