The 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.
On Thursday 10 December 2015, at a Civic Reception held in her honour in Clydebank Town Hall, Sister Rita Dawson RSC was formally declared a Freeman of West Dunbartonshire by Provost Douglas McAllister and also formally received her MBE from Lord Lieutenant Rear Admiral Mike Gregory.
The celebration began with Mass in our Chapel at 12.00 noon. The Mass was concelebrated by our Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Godwin Orudje and Rev Fr. Charles Emore from our neighbouring Parish. We were joined by the staff from the convent and Mary Aikenhead Centre. Five of the elderly and sick people whom we serve with Meals on Wheels also participated. They were informed during our visits to their homes and they indicated their interest in attending the Mass.
The schools who participated in the Care for the Earth Project during our Bi-Centenary Year were awarded Certificates which were presented on 19th January, Mary Aikenhead’s Birthday, or around that time. It was an opportunity to hear again of the varied activities undertaken by the different schools.
The Closing Ceremony of Bi-Centenary year and the Birth Anniversary of Mary Aikenhead was celebrated at community level with 14 Friends of Mary Aikenhead. The program of the day commenced at 6:00pm with a special evening prayer prepared by the community, then preceded with a Eucharistic Celebration.
Pope Francis has appealed for people to prepare for Easter by practicing the works of mercy. A Lenten Carbon Fast can help us to reflect and act with mercy towards people and the planet in caring for God’s creation. It is not too late to start so you might like to download the 2016 Lenten Carbon Fast from the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW, Australia.
My dear brothers and sisters gathered here this morning, we come together to join our Religious Sisters of Charity in their celebrations. We are giving thanks to God together with the sisters for His goodness to them as they commemorate the Bi-Centenary of their Congregation.
Some people never get to sit at the table. Who are they? Do we ever get to meet them in person? As part of a Matthew 25 Project, designed and initiated by Sr. Margaret Farrell, Sr. Bernadette Morgan joined in Saturday November 21st for this monthly out reach to those living on the streets of Los Angeles.
St. Anne’s Centre for Women and Youth Development celebrated its 9th Graduation Ceremony in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the St. Anne’s Centre in Satellite Town, Lagos on Saturday, 21st of November, 2015. It started at 11.00am with the Holy Mass which was officiated by Rev. Father Shola CSSR.
The year 2015 marks exactly 200 years since Mother Mary Aikenhead founded the Religious Sisters of Charity; her followers all over the world celebrate this bicentenary with the continuation of her good works. The Religious Sisters of Charity (Kabwata Convent, Zambia) celebrated this special feast by organising a visit to Lusaka Central prison with their Associates.
The International World Congress of Prison Chaplains was held in Sydney, Australia from Sept. 19th to the 24th with 50 countries in attendance. Sr. Teresa Doherty (California) and Sr. Pauline Staunton (Australia) represented the Religious Sisters of Charity.
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