Our Patronal Feast this year was quite special! Many of us were going to meet the new General Leadership Team for the first time and despite the gloomy predictions of the Weather Man (who forecast rain for the afternoon), about 130 sisters arrived! They came from everywhere - Zambia, Nigeria, Los Angeles, Scotland, England and Ireland!
In September Roma Secondary School in Lusaka, Zambia celebrated it’s Golden Jubilee. Sr Marie Bernadette O’Leary, a former teacher in the school, travelled to Zambia with Srs Bridie Collins and Christina Rankin to join in the celebrations. Below Sr Marie Bernadette recalls the great time had by all and this is followed by a message from Sr Margaret Mary Chileshe the Regional Leader in Zambia - who also happens to be a former pupil, teacher and Deputy Head of Roma School:
The First Profession ceremony of Srs. Justina Osumune, Edidiong William Etim and Philomena Nnaji was held in St. Anne’s Convent, Satellite Town Lagos on 21st September, 2013.
Six priests in were in attendance. Fr. Matthew Isidor S.J, Fr. Jerome Akinyemi, Fr. Irabor, Fr. Ekimini William Etim, Fr. Divine Ekebe and Fr. Moses Sade.
Propelled by our General Chapter invitation to create a new table, several sisters in the Californian Region have been acknowledged publicly for their partnerships with those made poor. Sr. Teresa Doherty was featured in the County probation newsletter and described as a “jewel in the probation crown” for her prison ministry to youth for 38 years. “And at 82 years young, she doesn’t appear to be slowing down one bit.” Teresa was the first woman chaplain to serve in the Probation Department.
Recently St Agnes’ convent in Crumlin, Dublin closed its doors for the last time having been home to many Sisters of Charity who served the local community for 74 years. However, last spring Sr Ellen Galvin recalled the beauty of the garden and its inhabitants:
The following is the talk given by Sr Maureen rsc from Australia on 22nd July 2013 to the General Chapter delegates gathered in Drumalis, Larne:
Sister Rita Dawson had the pleasure of being one of the 2000 invited guests to attend the Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 4 June 2013.
A bright and beautiful day dawned on the 20th of April, 2013 when sisters, friends, families and co-workers gathered at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Navy Town, Lagos, for the final profession ceremony of Srs. Stella Adewole and Rosemary Udeaja. Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo MSP of Bomadi Vicariate presided at the Mass for the profession, while eleven other priests concelebrated with him at the joyful event.
From 22nd July - 7th August 2013 our 30th General Chapter took place in Larne, Northern Ireland. Forty-five delegates from around the world gathered for an eight-day Retreat from 13th - 21st July. The Chapter opened on the evening of 22nd July and during the following days the delegates discussed and reflected on what had been happening in the Congregation over the past six years. They also elected the Superior General and Council and planned the direction of the Congregation for the next six years.
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