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Valentine’s Day in Vegas

1503-valentine-vegas-thumbSr. 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. 

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Juvenile Justice

juvenile-justice-month-thumbOver 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.

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Gravity Water Project

1503-malawi-thumbThe 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:

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Silver Jubilee Celebration of Sr. Sylvia Uwalaka

1503sylvia-thumbThe 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.

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Two Sisters of Charity in Rome on March 17th

1503-pope-thumbAs 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:

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A Little Bit of Heaven in The Haven!

havengarden-thumbThe 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.

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Pope Francis honours Mary Aikenhead

mma-ven2PRESS RELEASE

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.  

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