With the Theme "Rejoice" the closing Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life took place in St. Anne's Church, Rockferry on Saturday 24th October at 12noon. This was for the Diocese of Shrewsbury and was attended by many sisters, lay consecrated, parishioners and friends of the Sisters.
On the 7th November an Award Ceremony for Volunteers was held in the Restaurant in Harold’s Cross. This was to mark the great work done by volunteers in our services down through the years and was particularly fitting in this special year marking the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Congregation.
Here Sr Chioma Ezeh tells us about the recent celebrations in Okpara Inland where they joined two church feasts together:
"The 22nd day of November 2015 was indeed a joyful, prayerful and remarkable day here in Okpara Inland, Delta State. It was a day the entire Okpara Catholic Community came out in their numbers to celebrate Christ as our Universal King.
Sr. Margaret Mary recalls the great celebration that took place in Chikuni to celebrate this special year: "Sr. Jacinta and I went to celebrate the 22nd of July with the Sisters in Chikuni and the local community around. We had a wonderful celebration.
The children from Gardiner Street Primary School will never forget the day the President came to visit on 8th June 2015. President Michael D. Higgins opened the newly refurbished classrooms. The school looked fantastic while the Presidential Salute was played by a group of children as the President entered the school gate.
On the 20th November we had a gathering to celebrate 200 years of Religious Sisters of Charity. It was an appropriate day for the celebration because it coincided with the 133rd Anniversary of the Sisters of Charity continued presence and ministry in Seville Place.
Following much planning and preparation the day for our 200 anniversary celebrations finally came. During the previous weeks we had immediate and remote preparations. How many and who to invite was a challenge. There are thirteen outstations in the parish so ten members from each received invitations together with representatives from the different parish groups.
Sisters Angela Murphy and Florence Kavanagh from Hackney community travelled to Bristol to attend the closing Mass of Bristol convent. Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, was chief celebrant. The Mass was celebrated in the Convent chapel and was a very prayerful liturgy with those present very aware of all who had played a part in the history of the Sisters presence in Bristol.
Sr Eilís Coe has been facilitating the Iona Writers Group since 2009 in Dublin. From 2012 eight local writers have been working on a variety of 38 creative pieces which have now been published in a beautifully illustrated book that was recently launched. The occasion was reported in the local newspaper – see below.
Young Social Innovators (YSI) was founded in 2001 by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy. What then started as a small project now is a national programme with over 70,000 young people involved in what is the largest social innovation programme for young people in Ireland, allowing young people to become active social citizens in their communities.
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