The Congregation had much to celebrate during the summer months with a First profession in Zambia and Final Profession ceremonies in both Nigeria and Zambia. Sr Justina Nelson has written to tell us about the great day in Nigeria.
During the month of May the committee of the group of farmers came to us requesting help to irrigate their crops grown during the dry season. The group consisted of forty six farmers, male and female. They had already dug canals but much of the water was wasted due to seepage. We went to look at the place and found many people cultivating and preparing to plant maize.
Sisters Teresa Doherty, Anna Marie Mc Laughlin and Madeleine Meagher recently attended an educational workshop for Leadership and Members of Congregations. The title was; “Through Grief to New Life: A Spirituality for Meeting God in Transition Times”. It was organized by the National Religious Retirement Office in the U.S.A. In this article Sr Madeleine shares some of the key points:
Our sisters in Airdrie tell the story of Catholic Education in Scotland and the celebrations for the centenary of formal recognition of Catholic schools in Scotland one hundred years ago:
On 29th August The Blackrock Hospice were privileged to receive the relics of Saints Louis, Zelie and Therese Martin from Lisieux. The Hospice is named after Louis and Zelie and the ward for the patients St Therese. All the staff, volunteers, patients that were well enough with their families, invited guests, neighbours and religious from the local parishes paid a visit to the relics.
The 22nd July is always a special day for all Religious Sisters of Charity and their friends. For the sisters and their colleagues at Mary Aikenhead Centre, Okpara Inland in Nigeria it is their Patronal Feast day. This year it was jointly celebrated by Sisters in the community community and the Development Centre students and staff.
Six members of staff of St Joseph’s Convent, Hackney, together with Sr Jacqueline Doherty spent a wonderful day recently visiting the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre in Dublin. The group tells all:
“We felt very privileged to be part of the Mary Aikenhead story. We were warmly welcomed when we arrived at the Heritage Centre – starting with a welcome cup of Barry’s tea and barnbrack.
A documentary called 'Returning Home' was broadcast on the Irish Newstalk radio station recently. 'Returning Home' tells the story of the lives of six extraordinary women who have spent most of their lives working overseas and have now returned home. These women are in their 70s and they are all Missionary Sisters.
The Sisters of Charity of Australia have launched a new book outlining their ‘Ministry of Love’ during 180 years since they first set foot on Australian soil. Launched by Congregational Leader Sr Clare Nolan rsc, the book, Ministry of Love: The Story of the Sisters of Charity, was written by Danielle Achikian. Click HERE to read more.
The Justice and Peace Initiative (JPI) of Religious is under the auspices of the major superiors of Nigeria, in line with the social teachings of the church. JPI is making every effort to identify and alleviate the sufferings of the people of God (Constitution of Justice and Peace in Nigeria).