Sr. Eva Bryan has enriched the Californian Region over the years with many gifts but in particular through her liturgical and Irish dance. Sisters in the Region discovered that her gift of dance is part of her family inheritance and being passed on to the next generation. Last month her nieces won first place in Irish dancing competitions in Las Vegas.
Over the centuries the Sisters of Charity have been committed to many different ministries but there is one ministry that remains constant in all our countries - ministry with those in prisons and jails. The United States spends $167 Billion on prisons and we have two and quarter million prisoners – more than any country in the free world. In California alone there are 15,000 young people in prison.
The three Sisters of Charity who live in Malawi continue to look for ways of bringing clean water to the people who live in small villages. Recently they were able to initiate another project due to the generosity of a donor in Ireland. This was used for a water project which is a gravity fed scheme in Khweliwa Village, Kapota. Here the sisters tell their story:
The Sisters of Charity in the Nigerian Region gathered together in Port Harcourt on the 13th December, with friends, well wishers and family of Sr. Sylvia Uwalaka to celebrate and rejoiced with her as she celebrated twenty five years in the Lord’s service as a Sister of Charity.
To mark Mary Aikenhead's birthday each year, all our schools receive a copy of a suggested Prayer Service and copies of eight specially printed certificates, based on eight values towards which we seek to educate our pupils/students.
Fifth class has been bringing the world into their classroom through their participation in the Our World Irish Aid Awards. They ran a No Waste Day campaign for staff and pupils which has seen a marked reduction in the amount of waste in lunches.
As the Cardinals in Rome were discussing the Cause of Mary Aikenhead and then presenting her Cause to Pope Francis, two Sisters of Charity from the English/Scottish Province were in Rome awaiting news! Here Sr Patricia Byrne recounts her experience:
Sr Jeannie Johnston writes from Australia about the events that took place there on the 19th and 20th January as the sisters and their colleagues joined with all who had gathered in Ringsend, Dublin to launch our 200th anniversary.
The Haven is an Adult Education Centre in Basin Lane Dublin 8. The centre opened in 2008 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the death of Mary Aikenhead. The aim of this centre is to create opportunities for adults, build confidence and develop skills through courses and support services. In the past year the Haven had two exciting new projects - a large wall mosaic and the establishment of a little garden.
MARY AIKENHEAD IS DECLARED VENERABLE. POPE FRANCIS HONOURS FOUNDER OF THE RELIGIOUS SISTERS OF CHARITY
18 March, 2015: Cork born Mary Aikenhead (1787-1858), who founded the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1815 to provide services to “the suffering poor”, has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis. Being declared Venerable is the second of four steps in the Catholic Church’s Canonisation process.
The following article by Nicola Depuis gives an account of the life of our foundress Mary Aikenhead. It is a chapter from the book ‘Mna na hEireann’ published by Mercier Press, Cork in 2009.
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