Joy 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.
Tucked 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.
“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.
Valley 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.
Mindfulness 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.
A 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).
Flower 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.
Sr. 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.
The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.
Suzette 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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