Sr. Mary McKeon writes... This year the Feast of the Assumption was on Sunday and we had a warm sunny day and a lovely dinner. Our special celebrations took place by joining a torchlight Procession in Carfin attended by over 1000 people from all over Scotland. Carfin is our National Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes and St.Therese.
Prior to lockdown in Nigeria, Mary Aikenhead Centre (MAC) for the training of women, men and youth in Ibadan was blessed on 27th April 2020 by Rev. Fr. Charles Acheneje SMA with Sisters and postulants in attendance. After the lockdown, the Centre began with the orientation of the new students on 3rd October 2020 and officially opened on 5th October 2020.
On 12th September 2021 RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) held a Festival of Films about the crimes of Human Trafficking. The festival set out to reveal the plight of trafficked people, tell their stories and reveal the inadequacies of legal systems throughout the world.
It was a very beautiful morning, bright though, promising the blessings of rain on Saturday, the 28th day of August, 2021 as Sr. Francisca and Sr. Blessing made their Perpetual Profession at Our Lady of the Waters Cathedral, Bomadi, Delta State, Nigeria.
On 27th August the villagers at Mphatso rejoiced. Their new well was installed and they could now draw clean water. Up to now they had been drawing drinking water from the same stream where they washed their clothes and crockery. The villagers gathered along with Sr. Imelda and Mr. Banda from the Water Board, Thyolo District to mark the occasion.
There has been a good initial response to the proposal that families change their cooking practices and adopt fuel efficient stoves to replace the traditional three stone fires presently in use. On 4th October, the closing day of the Season of Creation, Srs. Monica and Mairéad spent a large part of the day at Ngomani Village where fuel efficient stoves were built for 5 families
The Genesis account of creation gives a vivid description of a beautiful world teaming with creatures of all kinds. Clearly, the first account of Season of Creation was the creation story in Genesis. (Genesis 2:1-4) Today, humanity is on the verge of losing the beautiful ecosystem created by God. Sadly, the United Nations’ report released in June 2021 warns that the Planet is “rapidly reaching a ‘point’ of no return” and facing the triple threats of “biodiversity loss, climate disruption, flood and escalating pollution”. We must unite to restore the beauty of our environment.
Sister Catherine Egan shares with us her experience in St Andrew’s Hospice during the pandemic; “Just to say how we adapted to the current situation of Covid -19 in the hospice setting here at St Andrew's Hospice, Airdrie
Sr Barbara Kenny shares her thoughts on World Day of Migrants and Refugees in this reflection called TOWARDS AN EVER GREATER ‘WE’. "As I contemplate on what to write in this reflection the tragedy of what is happening in Afghanistan is on my mind.
A decade ago, the United Nations declared October 11th the International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges girls face, to promote their empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. It is an important part of our mission to provide supports to work towards these goals. Our Sisters in Nigeria, Zambia and Malawi are involved in education, anti-trafficking, and child advocacy campaigns, all aligned with the goals of International Day of the Girl Child.
The theme selected for Creation time 2021 is A Home for all, renewing the Oikos of God. We celebrate the season mindful that our world continues to deal with the Covid crisis as well as climate and biodiversity crisis. We encourage you to sign the HEALTHY PLANET HEALTHY PEOPLE petition endorsed by the Holy See as a key action for this season of creation. (Google the above and the petition appears!). READ MORE..
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