Traditionally the Sisters of Charity gather at the grave of Mary Aikenhead on the day of her anniversary to remember her legacy. The 160th Anniversary of the death of Mary Aikenhead fell on Sunday 22nd July, 2018 and about 150 people - sisters and Friends of Mary Aikenhead - gathered in Donnybrook to celebrate Eucharist and pray together at the graveside.
The Haven is situated in Basin Lane, Dublin 8, surrounded by flat complexes and buildings in the heart of the Inner City. The area is very disadvantaged; with high levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime. The centre opened in 2008 and has grown from strength to strength. The name ‘Haven’ was chosen by the local people as they said it was their sanctuary, a place of peace and calmness where all are welcome.
Our sisters in Malawi have written to tell us about the construction of classrooms and latrines at Ndayandika Primary School. The project came into being following consultation with the District Education Manager and the Primary Education Advisor as to which of the thirteen primary schools in the parish was in greatest need of classrooms and latrines.
For the past two years, Sr Anna Marie Mc Laughlin RSC has been involved as a volunteer with the Friends of Orange County Detainees (FOCD). In this article she explains the process the detainees have to go through, how they help each other and what this experience has taught Sr Anna Marie about caring and compassion.
Sr Angela Murphy reflects on her ministry at the Jesuit Refugee Day Centre in Wapping. The Centre aims to provide a safe and welcoming space where a personal welcome and appreciation of each person is a priority. Refugee Week, celebrated from 18-24 June was marked by several special events.
In an article that appeared in our January 2018 eNews we reported that in the Irish Province it had been decided over the course of the next few years there would be a remembrance celebration in all of the graveyards where our sisters are buried. Recently two celebrations took place, one in Beneda and the second in Waterford.
In this article Sr Pauline Campbell shares her experience of retreat work with the parents and teachers in Belvedere Secondary College, Dublin, run by the Jesuits. "In 2008 Debbie and I were invited as Spiritual Directors to give a week of Guided Prayer to Parents and Teachers in Belvedere Secondary College run by the Jesuits.
Our chapel in St Joseph’s Convent, Hackney has been graced by a very special bunch of flowers. The flowers were delivered on 20th May to St Joseph’s Hospice from St George’s chapel in Windsor Castle where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married the day before. Each patient was presented with a bouquet of flowers specially prepared for them and there were some also for the Hospice chapel and for the convent.
The Religious Sisters of Charity took over the management of St Patrick’s Guild in 1943. There are no sisters alive today who would have had anything to do with the adoptions referred to in Minister Zappone’s statement. For the past 20 years St Patrick’s Guild has provided an information and tracing service and any enquiry by a birth parent or adopted child was treated in the same way.
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