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'.
In August 2014, Glasgow welcomed the 20th Commonwealth Games. As part of the ceremony, the Queens Baton Relay team crossed the 70 Nations and Territories taking part in the Games covering 190,000 km in 288 days. From 14 June to 23 July 2014 the Baton was in Scotland and during the Baton’s tour of West Dunbartonshire, our hospice, St Margaret of Scotland, was delighted to welcome the Queen’s Baton on Friday 18 July 2014.
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As part of our California Regional Discernment Day September 26th, Sr. Joyce Meyer gave us a talk about the challenges facing leadership. Joyce reminded us that each of us is a leader. Here is some of the wisdom that Joyce shared with us. For the future, those in leadership face three main challenges:
The opening Mass of the 16th Plenary Session of ACWECA took place on 17th August 2014 at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus, Lusaka, Zambia under the theme: “Go out, be not afraid, and serve”. Prior to the Mass the Cathedral grounds were filled with women religious from all Dioceses of Zambia, along with women religious from each of the countries of East and Central Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Republic of Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.
Five students from fourth and fifth year, who are already part of a Pledge Club in school (abstaining from alcohol until 18 years of age and never doing drugs) joined the Dublin Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Taize in July 2014. This was a first time for the students and they enjoyed their experience immensely. This is what two students wrote about their pilgrimage:
In 1964, the year 2014 was an eternity away, almost unimaginable!
Yet here I am in 2014 now a golden jubilarian shaped by fifty years of ups and downs but above all still in love with God and God’s people. Jubilees are wonderful occasions. They deserve to be celebrated not only for the celebrants but for everybody else as well.
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