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Golden Jubilee of the Nigerian Region

nigeria_50th_thumbJoy and gratitude, colour, song and dance marked the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Nigerian Region on Saturday 21st May 2011. The celebration was held at the Redemptorist Parish, Satellite Town, Lagos. One of our first guests to arrive was Mr Paddy Fay, Irish Ambassador to Nigeria who, not only joined us for the liturgy but stayed with us throughout the day.

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Mary Aikenhead Day Centre

ma_daycentre_thumbTucked away off the main street in Donnybrook and only a few minutes from Herbert Park is Mary Aikenhead Day Centre.  It is situated in the grounds of St. Mary’s, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.  For many, particularly for senior citizens living in the surrounding areas, the Centre is a hive of activity as well as a haven of tranquillity.

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Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking Annual Gala

cast_thumb“The CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) Annual Gala was an evening of Hope and Joy. I had the opportunity to speak with Lorena. Lorena has been trafficked twice from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles. I could see the joy in her eyes, when she spoke about being reunited with her children and the hope she carries in her heart for a better life in the USA.

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Opening to the Gift of the NOW!

workshop-logo_thumbFrom February – June 2011 the Congregation is engaging in a series of workshops that will enable sisters to reflect on living our Ignatian Spirituality within the context of our 4th vow of ‘Service of the Poor’ and the world in which we live today. 

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Valley Family Center

valley_family_centerValley Family Center, located in City of San Fernando, the heart of the Hispanic Community of the San Fernando Valley, is legendary for the mental health and educational services which it has provided to the low and very low income community for the past 24 years.   Originally founded by Una Connolly, RSC, in one of the local parishes the Center became independent in 1987 and moved to its own 3,400 sq. ft. facility.

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First Mindfulness Clinic established in Ireland

mindfulness_thumbMindfulness is about learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and to the world around us – an awareness of ‘present experience with acceptance’ (Germer et al, 2005). This helps us to wake up to life, with greater awareness, curiosity, acceptance and compassion.

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What is your survival logo?

gloria_thumbA middle aged woman was asking me “Are you Sister Gloria”? Someone had directed her to see me about HIV and AIDS. After the counseling session, we had the HIV test done and she turns out to be HIV positive. Meanwhile, she volunteered to do the test because her husband had the virus and he is already on ‘Anti- Retroviral Drug’ (ARV).

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Flower Power in Birmingham

flower_power_thumbFlower power came to Birmingham in the form of a flower festival which took place as part of the celebrations on the weekend prior to St Patrick’s day.
Traditionally the St Patrick’s celebrations begin with Mass at St Anne’s church.   St Anne’s is at the heart of the Digbeth area which has had a vibrant Irish community for many years.

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Project helping Street Children in Zambia

street_children_thumbSr. Philippa Chakabveyo runs a Project for Street Children in Kabwe, Zambia.  Here she explains the aims of the project and how it is helping vulnerable children.  “The Project for the Street children started on 17th April 2008. It is located in Kabwe, which is about 165 km from Lusaka. This Project provides services to vulnerable street children, particularly the girl child between the ages of 6 years to 15 years.

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UNANIMA-International/Commission on the Status of Women

UI_New-YorkSuzette Clark rsc (Aus) and Pat Kenny RSC recently attended the Board meeting of Unanima International (UI) in New York.  Seventeen Congregations of women religious are represented on this board and it was amazing to see on the map of the world that UI is represented on every continent. 

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