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Our Trip To Nairobi

kenya june thumbVisiting 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. 

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Do Serenity Spirituality Sessions Make a Difference?

sonas june thumbI’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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Brisbane Sisters celebrate 175th Anniversary

brisbane thumbSaturday 31 May 2014 was truly a day of festival and joy for the Sisters of Charity of Australia writes Sr Jeannie Johnston.  The sisters gathered together with their families, friends, co-workers and supporters in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, to celebrate and to give thanks to God for 175 years serving in Australia, impelled by the love of Christ. Over 1300 people shared in the joy and thanksgiving.

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CORI: Religious Life Evolving-Faithful & Free

cori14 thumbThe Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) Spring Conference entitled ‘Religious Life Evolving - Faithful and Free’ was held on 25 April, 2014 in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin.  It was a vibrant, joyous encounter, marked by excellent input from the two speakers in the morning and a great dialogue with the participants in the afternoon. A summary of the event can be read by clicking HERE.

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Farewell To The Head Teacher Of Caritas Girls’ Secondary School, Kabwe.

beatrice musole april2014On the 1st February 2014 the Religious Sisters of Charity, staff and pupils in Kabwe, bade farewell to the head teacher Mrs Beatrice Musole who officially retired on the 31st December 2013 having spent twenty seven years there, (together with her husband who was also on the staff for many years), as a member of staff, deputy head teacher and head teacher of the school.

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Moving to Paseo Del Mar

paseo del mar thumbHere Sr. Michelle Hetherington tells us about the recent house/community move from San Fernando to Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro in California:
Early on the morning of February 19th 2014, Sr. Una McMahon and I waited for the moving company truck to pull up outside our home in San Fernando.  The day had arrived when the two of us were moving to our new home in San Pedro. 

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Water with Blessings

water with blessings april2014Water With Blessings equips and empowers mothers to become Water Women: compassionate agents of change in their communities, who filter clean water for their families and neighbours.  Our sisters in Konzalendo recently took up the challenge to bring this project to the people in their local area.  Here they tell us what happened:

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Service of the Poor - The Last shall be First

oscar romero april2014Sr Florence Kavanagh reports on a lecture she recently attended in London and reflects on how this led to her attending an Ecumenical service at St. Martin’s in the Fields Church, to mark the 34th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero, 24th March 1980 in San Salvador.  READ MORE...

Human Trafficking - Overview of the Global & National Context

ireland trafficking april14 thumbHuman Trafficking is a new term but not a new form of violation of human rights.  The figures for what is believed to be the biggest crime of our time are staggering. The United Nations estimated in 2005 that two million children are trapped in commercial sexual exploitation every year, while the International Labour Organisation’s 2012 statistics estimate that as many as 21 million people are exploited through forced labour.

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A Miracle of Grace

ellen galvin thumb april2014Early in the twentieth century a very sick man was admitted to the Convalescent Home in Linden, run by the Religious Sisters of Charity.  He was classified as an old man - although he was only in his early fifties.  He was in a very bad state of health, he was in a far worse state of soul.

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Nigerian Women Religious celebrate Golden Jubilee

nigeria womenreligious thumb april 14The Nigeria Conference for Women Religious, NCWR recently clocked up 50 years of service. These women of God in Nigeria could  not contain their joy as they gathered together in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, Anambra State, from 20th to 23rd of February 2014 to thank God and to celebrate with the people of God.

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