Dialogue 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.
The 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.
Pope Francis has appointed Sr. Kayula Gertrude Lesa RSC to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was set up in March 2014. Sr. Kayula, who previously worked for Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Zambia and is now the Programme Director for Dialogue for Development, is one of the new members chosen from various parts of the world.
Sr 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.
The 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.
Towards the end of September 2013 a Japanese lady rang the door bell of St. Vincent’s Convent, Cork. She had no appointment but she certainly had a special mission and purpose for her visit. Ms Yoko Hosono was received and welcomed by Sr. Mary Scanlan who listened to her story.
In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world. The Year of Consecrated Life will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29, 2014, and end on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated life.
The Registration Guidebook for the 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is now online and available HERE! The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress. You can also read Sr Edith Prendergast's reflection on the 2015 Congress theme 'SEE' by clicking HERE.
On the 1st August 2014 the Irish Independent published the following account of Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy:
Earlier this year a portrait of Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy ('Sr Stan'), social justice campaigner, was entered in the Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.
For 58 years St Mary's Catholic Maternity Clinic has been doing great work in the lives of the people in Isoko Nation. Just recently it was officially recognised in the Community as a 'Hospital' by the simple gesture of the dignitaries from the Church and the local community. About fifty people gathered in the Clinic on the 26th of July 2014 to unveil the sign-post depicting 'Hospital'.
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