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Earth Day 2022

Earth Day Care of the Earth Celebrated recently across the globe, Earth Day is an annual event honouring the achievements of the environmental movement. The day also seeks to raise awareness of the importance of long-term ecological sustainability. This year’s theme is Invest in Our Planet. With this theme in mind, we think of Religious Sisters of Charity all over the world who honour, respect, and work with the natural world through their ministries to help it flourish. What will you do to invest in our planet?

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Update from St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Clydebank

In January 2020, rumours were circulating throughout the world about a new virus – COVID 19. Information was starting to be shared about ways to prevent catching this unknown virus. By February, within St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, we started downloading the NHS and Scottish Government posters to put up in common areas alerting people to the guidance, but we felt safe in the knowledge that we probably would not need them.

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St Vincents Healthcare Group Dublin

The Religious Sisters of Charity are pleased to confirm that the transfer of ownership of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group from the Congregation to the new independent, charitable body St Vincent’s Holding CLG is now completed. We wish all the staff and management of St Vincent’s and St Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire well for the future in continuing to provide world class care serving the healthcare needs of the people of Ireland.

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Practicum experience as Counsellor in training

Sr Agatha and students during her Practicum 003I was a  student counsellor on practicum experience, working in Government Day Secondary School Bwari, Abuja in Nigeria. This was an opportunity to counsel and assist adolescent students with different challenges in educational, personal, social and vocational life. Government Day Senior Secondary School is a school with a population of three thousand five hundred students with about a hundred students in a classroom. I usually went for group counselling in these classes four times in a week for the six weeks I spent there.

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Celebrating our Culture, Heritage, our Pride in Nigerian School

Sisters dressed up on the Cultural Day 002 333SANCTA MARIA NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL CELEBRATE OUR CULTURE, OUR HERITAGE, OUR PRIDE..                                          In today's multi-cultural society coupled with the struggle for peace and unity in the world, the management of Sancta Maria Nursery and Primary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, deemed it fit to introduce the cultural day celebration in its extracurricular activities. Thus on 25th February, 2022, the pupils and staff celebrated their First Cultural Day.

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The closure of Star of the Sea, Tramore

Star of the Sea TramoreThe Sisters of Charity arrived in Tramore, Co Waterford, in the south of Ireland in 1866. Their first focus was on the education of girls and also on the visitation of the sick poor in their homes. The Sisters opened a primary school and later ‘a secondary top’ which developed into a full secondary school. The schools were named ‘Star of the Sea’ and ‘Stella Maris’ respectively.

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Report from Mary Aikenhead Day Centre

Christmas Party 2Here we are again at the beginning of 2022, still struggling with the Covid Virus which put us, over 70’s, and the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre into lock-down back in March 2019. Since that time the human race all over the world has suffered and struggled with the pandemic which continues to produce new variants as scientists and health systems try to fight it with injections and various strategies. We want to record how Mary Aikenhead Centre coped with these challenges in 2021.

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Sonas apc goes to Norway by Sr. Mary Threadgold RSC

Smary threadgold 55onas apc came into existence in 1990 as a way of helping older people, usually resident in nursing homes, who neither interacted nor communicated with each other, mainly due to dementia. From my background of 30 years in Speech and Language Therapy, I had the necessary knowledge to devise an approach based on sensory stimulation, quality engagement, structure and repetition as well as an emphasis on the importance of non-verbal communication facial expression, body language, tone of voice etc). The abbreviation of apc in the title stands for Activating Potential for Communication, meaning that the programme creates the conditions within which communication is likely to take place.

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Catholic Sisters Week

Catholic Sisters Week is being celebrted throughout the world from March 8 – 13. Spotlighting the work of Catholic Sisters that makes a difference in people’s lives, the event also seeks to educate others to help reverse the destruction of our planet. This year’s theme is Care for Earth, Care for You.

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World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is a United Nations-declared day recognising the need to promote social justice throughout the world. To mark the day, we spoke to Sr Kayula Lesa about her work in areas including anti-trafficking and the safeguarding of children in Zambia. From the Chinsali district of Zambia, Sr Kayula professed her vows in 1994 and has worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Meheba Refugee Settlement in Solwezi, where she was an education co-ordinator. She studied English at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, and received a masters degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Joining a Global Marathon: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

On Feb. 8th the Religious Sisters of Charity are joining sisters worldwide in a prayer marathon for International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. This day is St. Josephine Bakhita’s Feastday, the patron saint of those who have been trafficked. Our sisters will not only pray, but will also taken to the air waves on radio and television in Zambia and Nigeria to raise awareness.  Organized by Talitha Kum, the marathon begins in Oceania and moves across the globe ending in North America. To follow this prayer tune in here.  Along with the prayer wave, there will be photos and videos of sisters supporting survivors, and working to end trafficking through awareness, prevention, survivor support, partnerships and protection. 

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