Here we have two poems written by Sr Ellen Galvin and offered for your enjoyment and reflection:
It has been observed that persons with disabilities are being discriminated against and denied their rights when it comes to issues of employment, election, marriage, empowerment etc., because society seems to look at physical appearance before considering self-worth and what the individual can offer.
As we celebrate Mary Aikenhead with our Congregational Feasts these months, we remember how she treasured and encouraged us to value the union of minds and hearts. We remember how many letters written in her own hand, even from her sick bed, which she sent to develop strong communication with her sisters.
The community in the Regional House had occasion to come face to face with a clear case of child-trafficking. A young girl, aged about fourteen was brought to the house for safe accommodation. Her name is not disclosed but we may call her Netty. Her story begins in Kasama (Northern Province) where she was happily attending Grade Eight in a day school. A friend of her mother came to their village and suggested that if she went to Lusaka with this friend she would do better.
It was a day very remarkable, a group unforgettable. It was about our nine talented resident children in Compassion Centre, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, who graduated from Santa Maria Nursery/Primary School on the 24th of July, 2014. Talent is God's gift. It is freely given to human beings out of God’s richness. These children were known for their numerous gifts and generosity during their stay in Compassion Centre for six to nine years. They come from various States in Nigeria.
We have recently added a new section to our website under the section ‘Where we work – Zambia’ called Dialogue for Development - D4D is a Peace-building Programme that aims to foster dialogue and reconciliation at local and national levels on issues that promote human rights and integral human development. The vision of D4D is a society where peace and harmony exist and difference is celebrated. To take a look at what D4D has been doing recently CLICK HERE.
Sr Kathleen Bryant reports on the recent Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) 2014 Assembly, held from August 12 - 16, 2014 in Nashville Tennessee, at which the Religious Sisters of Charity were represented by Kathleen and Sisters Marsha Moon and Michelle Hetherington.