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8 February: 6th International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

bakhitaToday is the 6th International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, which is celebrated annually on the 8th of February after Saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, women and girls can be trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, boys and men are also sold for sexual exploitation.  Labour trafficking and organ trafficking is also part of human trafficking. 

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Voices from the Heart App

2019 12 mam appMary Aikenhead Ministries (MAM) are very pleased to announce the creation of the Voices from the Heart App which was launched at the MAM 10th Anniversary Conference on 23 July 2019. The App invites you into daily prayer and reflection and it is hoped that your heart will be touched by the voices of the many and varied people who work in MAM ministries; who every day take up the challenge of bringing to life the values of love, justice, compassion and hope.

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The Day of Jubilee – Zambia 2019

pat jubilee thumbIn this article Sr Pat Kenny shares her Jubilee story and celebrations with us... "October 6th 2019 – the day finally arrived – 50 years to the day I entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in Milltown in 1969. Where have those years gone to?

 

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Closure of Stella Maris, Howth

Howth thumbOn a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in mid-September approximately sixty Sisters wound their way up the hill of Howth for their farewell visit to our beloved Stella Maris. As they made their way through the gate and down the avenue to the gardens the spectacular view of the sea was breath-taking and many of the Sisters chose to sit quietly on the garden seats and gaze in wonder at the beauty of the scene before them. The presence of the Lord was obvious – in the song of the birds, the blossoming of flowers and trees, in the sunshine and the sea.

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A Journey of Treasurable Gifts

Having recently been finally professed, Sr. Philomena Akubueze Nnaji shares some thoughts on her formation journey.
“The journey of a thousand miles they say, begins with a step. I took my first step into the Postulancy of the Religious Sisters of Charity on 26th July 2010 and my life has never remained the same. The God of Surprises has met me with gifts at every turn of my journey.

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National Youth Service Corp in Medium Prison Kirikiri, Lagos, Nigeria

In this article, Sr. Gertrude Nkwocha reflects on her recent experience of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in Nigeria. She writes:
"According to the history, NYSC in Nigeria began in 1973 with the aim of encouraging unity among young Nigerians. NYSC programme is a scheme for all graduates of higher institutions below the age of thirty. Thus, with bags all packed up, all roads led to Iyana- Ipaja Orientation Camp Lagos for all fresh graduates on the 27th of March 2019 for a three-week military training and other exciting activities.

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Zambia Women of the Year Awards

The Zambia Women of the Year Awards (ZWYA) has been running on the eve of International Women’s Day every year since 2014. The awards are organized by ZWYA committee under the umbrella of Afro Multi Media Productions. The awards are a celebration of Zambian women achievers (and others) which seek to not only highlight the achievements, but to also bring together women from all walks of life to come and celebrate, inspire and encourage one another. The awards have seen both young upcoming and older more experienced women being awarded and recognized for their achievements across sectors. Through this platform, more women have been identified as achievers in their respective disciplines and communities.

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New Dedicated Space at Gardiner St. Church Honours Mary Aikenhead

1909 thumbThis week we are pleased to launch a new permanent tribute to our founder Mary Aikenhead in Dublin with the installation of two panels that detail her life and service to the poor. The panels will be on permanent display at a dedicated space in the historic St Francis Xavier Church on Gardiner Street, Dublin more commonly known as ‘Gardiner Street Church’.

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Poetry and Music to Enrich our Spiritual Journey

Friday, September 6, 2019 - St. Monica Catholic Community, California

Each gathering of the church, every gathering of the human family is a one-off encounter. The 40 (plus) people who gathered for an enchanted evening of poetry, music, wine, chocolate and cheese cannot be reproduced, because the interactions that we had in the midst of enjoying inspirational poetry, expert commentary, a glass of champagne or Sonoma Merlot, Irish chocolate, AND our company that we shared this with cannot be reproduced.

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