On 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.
Our voices echoed with the Psalmist, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”. This was our feelings on Saturday 7th September 2019 when Sr. Rosemary Nkechi Egbosi, Sr. Edidiong William Etim and Sr. Philomena Akubueze Nnaji pronounced their Perpetual Vows.
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.
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.
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.
This 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’.
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.
Sr. Rita Dawson, Provincial of the Religious Sisters of Charity, officially opened the new Five Sisters Heritage Room on 21st May, 2019. She was accompanied by members of the Board of Trustees, Senior members of staff and community members. READ MORE...
Reflecting back on the Irish Provincial Chapter gives us the opportunity to recall our experience and share it with the rest of the congregation. We gathered in Emmaus, Swords on Tuesday the 23rd April on a bright sunny afternoon and the Provincial Team greeted us as we arrived. 69 of us were present for the Chapter.
Three months on after Tropical Cyclone Idai ravaged through South Eastern Africa to become one of the deadliest storms ever recorded to hit the Southern Hemisphere, a light has begun to shine in Konzalendo and the surrounding areas that were affected by the Cyclone. In God’s Providence the Jesuits from the Zambia/Malawi Province invited the Religious Sisters of Charity to partner with them in responding to the effects of Cyclone Idai in Southern Malawi.
On Saturday May 18th a vibrant community of RSC sisters, friends, associates, former RSC’s and their spouses, and volunteers gathered at California to celebrate Mary Aikenhead. We began with a story from Mary Aikenhead’s life in which Robert Henry O’ Neill, an 18 year old was to be executed in a week. In a passionately charged argument with a friend Robert ended up killing him. Robert was brought up to the courts in Dublin for his second trial and Mary Aikenhead asked for prayers:
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- Australian Sisters of Charity Heritage Centre Opens
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- Climate Rebellion takes hold of London
- Visit to Benada on the 19th May, 2019
- Another group of Hackney Convent Staff visit the Heritage Centre
- Clonmel Remembrance Service
- Stella Maris Retreat Centre Sale to Support Charitable & Missionary Work
- A Silver Jubilee Celebration
- The International Formation Community – One Year On
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