Since August 2013 we have been sending loving congratulations to our sister congregation, The Sisters of Charity of Australia. The Sisters are celebrating 175 years since the first five women religious arrived on the shores of Australia on 31st December 1838: Sisters of Charity sent from Ireland by Mary Aikenhead. This year has been marked by a series of events in many of the significant places where the sisters have lived and ministered since those early days.
Over the past few months many people have been receiving the new ‘Mary Aikenhead Relic Prayer Cards’ available from the Congregation. One wonders how many stop to think about the process it took to get the card to them and more surprisingly do they realise that a Sister of Charity has been praying for them for many weeks beforehand!
Thursday evening, April 10th, 2014 marked the Valley Family Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction. Their theme was, “Celebrating our past, embracing our present, anticipating our future.” The event was well attended and successful. During the course of the evening, Sr. Carmel Somers, RSC was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sr Kathleen Bryant, from the Californian Region, was recently interviewed for ‘Global Sisters Report’, a project of The National Catholic Reporter. In the interview Sr Kathleen spoke about her work to bring awareness to the realities of human trafficking. Sr Kathleen was also recently featured in ‘A Nun's Life’ podcast where she spoke about vocation discernment. The interview on the realities of human trafficking is available HERE and the podcast will be downloaded HERE soon.
Sr Pauline Campbell recounts her experience of the 2013 meeting of Spiritual Directors from throughout Europe.
With three companions I attended the Annual Conference of Spiritual Directors Europe, which was held last year in Malta (17th - 22nd April 2013).
In mid September 2013 1 was asked by a friend religious if I was interested in participating in a 26 week programme on The New Evangelisation. I showed the programme to Sr. Christina Gorman. She was most enthusiastic and so we both decided to 'launch into the deep'!
Visiting another culture, another tradition is a good experience for both the visitor and the one visited. That at least has been my experience and it was further highlighted for me recently. Sr. Margaret Mary Chileshe and I had the good fortune to visit our two students in Kenya (Sr. Helen Namutami and Sr. Nancy M’kandawire) for five days and these were days in which we were richly blessed by the people we encountered there.
I’m sure that a number of our readers will visit older people in nursing homes at some stage whether pastorally or socially. In many instances you will find your way to a Day Room where a number of the residents will be seated in a circle around the room, not speaking or being interacted with, either dozing or looking into space.
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