In line with our 2013 General Chapter commitment, the Californian Region continues to search out new Lazarus’ in their ministries and outreach. On a recent trip with food and clothing to Mexico, Sr Margaret Farrell encountered a camp with 100,000 people who exist without electricity, running water, basic medical care or simple basic needs.
As it is customary for us throughout the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity to celebrate annually the birthday of our foundress, Mother Mary Aikenhead, on every 19th of January, St Mary’s Community, Ozoro, celebrated her birthday this year in a very special way with people after Mother Mary Aikenhead’s own heart.
On February 8th many Religious Sisters of Charity, Associates and Volunteers attended the annual Symposium on Human Trafficking. The Religious Sisters of Charity are one of the sponsors and organizers. The theme was From Pain to Inspiration and Action. Through music, art, film and drama the role of Art in the healing process of trafficking survivors was celebrated.
On 2nd February, a large number of consecrated persons gathered at the Cathedral for Mass with the New Archbishop of Ibadan, Archbishop Gabriel Abegunrin. He challenged everyone present to be prophetic and authentic witnesses of the Gospel.
The lower rates for the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and Youth Day end after January 22. If you haven't already registered, be sure to register soon to get the lower fees. Also, check the updated listing of exhibitors for Congress 2014. And Congress attendees are now able to pre-order online specially priced Disneyland and Disney California Adventure tickets. For all information about Congress 2014 click HERE.
‘This is the Day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad!'
31st December 2013 was a very special day in the life of our sister Congregation in Australia – it marked the 175th anniversary of the first five women religious arriving on the shores of Australia – they were Sisters of Charity sent from Ireland by Mary Aikenhead. Here the sisters tell us about their special year.
In the United States, January 11th begins an annual month long awareness about the New Slavery! The RSC’s organized this year’s “Walk 4 Freedom” in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles to kick off the month of awareness raising on this issue.
Sr Angela Murphy recently joined Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) staff and volunteers who gathered for their Annual General Meeting in Lisbon to discuss how to provide better protection to urban refugees. Here she reports on the experience:
When I had completed my book on the life and work of Teilhard de Chardin it was suggested to me by the examiners that it should be published. I was quite amazed to hear this and consequently I was encouraged to pursue its publication. I tried the usual channels, but since I was an unknown author the publishers felt it too risky and declined publication.
Sister Mary Finian Bourke celebrated her 100th Birthday on 5 June 2013. It was a wonderful celebration, attended by a number of her extended family, the Lakelands Community in Dublin and many other sisters and friends. Sometime after the celebration Sr Finian was interviewed and was asked about the celebration and how it feels to be 100:
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