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Light Up A Life at St Margaret's

LightUpALife-crowds3Christmas is a very special time of the year at St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank and this year was no different. It began with the ‘Light Up a Life Service’. This year the event took place on 30th November when a Christmas tree with over 4500 lights was illuminated in the Hospice grounds.

 

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The NHI (Nursing Homes Ireland) Nursing Home Ancillary Worker Award 2014

Mgt. Deegan 4-thumbCongratulations to Sr Margaret Deegan, who was presented with the above award on 6th November in City West Hotel, Dublin.  This award is open to all ancillary workers employed in an NHI registered nursing home. The award is established to celebrate the work that ancillary workers do, in ensuring that the physical and psychosocial environment of the nursing home is of a high quality and enhances the well-being of residents, teams and visitors. This award is open to staff in various different categories i.e. office, domestic, transport, maintenance, chaplain etc.

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The Story of a Garden

Mary-Aikenhead-Centre-thumbOn one side of the Day Centre in Donnybrook was a disused garden area, approximately the size of the average suburban garden. In 2007 it was decided that this area could be transformed into a pleasant retreat where visitors to the centre could relax, a place where they could participate in a little gardening if they wished, and just a spot for escaping outdoors! 

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Tramore - Pope John Paul II Award

ArdScoilnaMara-thumbThe launch of the Pope John Paul II Award in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, took place recently in the Holy Cross Church, Tramore, Co Waterford.  Sister of Charity, Sr Marie Carroll attended the ceremony.  Prior to attending the Award Ceremony, his Excellency the Most Reverend Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, visited Ardscoil na Mara

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Sitting at a New Table With Lazarus

walk-10jan-2015In the United States Thanksgiving is the most celebrated holiday of the year.  It is a season of gratitude and giving back.  In the California Region efforts to create new partnerships with Lazarus has seen each sister making an effort personally and in her ministry to develop relationships, invite to the table and include those on the margins. 

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Dialogue for Development's 2nd Half Year Report 2014

d4dlogo-website-rsccaritasDialogue for Development (D4D) has just published its 2nd Half Year Report on it's Peace-building Programme in Zambia.  The Programme aims to foster dialogue and reconciliation at local and national levels on issues that promote human rights and integral human development.  D4D'S vision is a society where peace and harmony exist and difference is celebrated.  You can read the report by clicking HERE and you can read more about D4D HERE.

Opening The Year Of Consecrated Life

consecrated-life-airdrie2The year of consecrated life was opened in the Diocese of Motherwell, Scotland on the 29th November 2014 by Bishop Joseph Toal who was the principal celebrant at a Mass concelebrated by 25 priests.  The Mass took place at St Bride’s Church and Poor Clare Monastery Bothwell. 

 

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Visit of Irish President to Malawi

Imelda and Predident Higgins thumbSr Imelda O’Brien RSC recalls her recent meeting with the President when he visited Malawi:

We had heard a rumour that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Mrs Sabina Higgins were coming on a visit to Malawi but we did not take much notice as we are far from the centre of activity, mainly Lilongwe, where such visits take place. 

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Adult Literacy in Konzalendo

Graduation class with teacher thumbThe sisters in Konzalendo, Malawi have been working with the people helping them with adult literacy classes.  Here they explain what they have been doing and how it has been received by the people:
The desire to read and write is a big need for the people in our parish that is for those who never had the opportunity to go to school.  In response to this need we organised seventeen adult literacy classes over the past two years.  The class instructors are men and women who live locally and receive a small remuneration for their services.

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