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.
On Friday 12th January 2018 at 11.30am Sr Úna O’Neill and Mr Francis Coughlan signed the official documents for the transfer of St Patrick’s Convent to Special Occupation Scheme Kilkenny Ltd (SOS). SOS will use the building for elderly adults with special needs who need nursing care. This brings to an end 157 years of service by the Congregation to and with the people of the Ossory Diocese.
Many people are aware that near Blantyre there are fifteen Stations of the Cross winding up Mirichu Mountain with a large cross on the summit. Groups and individuals can be seen every day quietly making their way up the mountain, stopping at each station and praying before the cross or meditating the scene depicted on a beautiful bronze plaque beside each cross.
Mentoring: A Near-Occasion Of Grace was the theme of the Religious Formation Conference held in Milwaukee, US Nov. 15-20th. A group of five RSC’s were enriched and challenged by this conference and together would like to share some learnings from the workshops.
Between 1951 and 1961, 500,000 Irish people emigrated to the UK. The challenges that faced many of the immigrants gave rise to a network of support which came about largely through the initiative of the Oblate Fathers. They set up Welfare centres in some of the major cites and Sisters in the English/Scottish Province worked with them.
The letters of Mother Mary Aikenhead are an exceptional treasure, cared for in the Congregations Generelate archives, they provide an invaluable insight into the Congregations early beginnings and her vision for it’s future.
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