The International Formation Team organized workshops in Zambia and Nigeria in response to the needs of the Local Leaders and the Temporary Professed Sisters in the two regions. Sr. Kathleen Bryant was the main facilitator in both places while Sisters Winfridah, Geraldine, Pat, Helen and Brid from the IFT gave some input in Zambia and Miriam, Jacinta, Gertrude and Brid contributed in Nigeria. Two Temporary Professed; Philomena in Zambia and Beatrice in Nigeria shared on accompaniment.
Global Center for Women and Justice held its annual Ensure Justice Conference at Vanguard University on March 2-3, 2018. The theme was Substance Abuse and Human Trafficking. Sylvia Valdez, Srs. Kathleen Bryant and Michelle Hetherington attended the two day conference.
On 9th February 2018, Stanhope Street Primary School celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Foundation of the school. The real date was 2nd October, but for a number of reasons, the celebration was deferred until Friday 9th February.
On 2nd February 2018, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan invited the Religious of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore to a Liturgy of Appreciation in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford. There are 20 Religious Orders working and praying in Waterford and Lismore, including Sisters from the USA who have recently come to the diocese.
The year 2017 saw the end of the 125th year celebration of Catholicism in Zambia and each Congregation of men and women were asked to submit three names of sisters/brothers/priests who had contributed to the growth of the Church in Zambia in whatever field the person was engaged.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols came to St Joseph’s Hospice to celebrate Mass in honour of Mother Mary Aikenhead and to bless the new Heritage Space which had been created in the Reception area of the Hospice.
The Friends of Mary Aikenhead (FMA's) had an inspiring and busy Advent! The committee invited Spiritual director Ms Noreen Mackey, on Saturday 4th November to lead a reflective afternoon - 'Meeting the Risen Jesus' through Scripture and Meditation followed by tea and chat!
Another Team Building Day to the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre, Dublin, was organised by Sr. Catherine Egan on the 28th November 2017. This follows a series of such days built up over the past number of years. It is one of the highlights in the year for Staff from all departments – Nursing, Catering, Fund Raising, Reception, Household and on other occasions Medical staff.
On Monday 6th November 2017, 32 past pupils of St. Winifred’s School, gathered in St. Werburgh’s Church Birkenhead, for midday Mass to celebrate the life of Sister Mary Murphy R.I.P. who had been their Headmistress for many years. They had wanted to remember and give thanks for Sr. Mary who had died last May.
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