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Mary Aikenhead: Her Spirit and Mission

mmaThe spirit and mission of Mary Aikenhead lives on today, more than 150 years after her death, through the sisters, co-workers, associates and benefactors of the Congregation.

Read below to discover some of the current initiatives being undertaken.

The Mary Aikenhead Project

The Mary Aikenhead Project is a collaborative project between the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Australia.  The vision for this Project is to make the mission of God more widely known through the life, spirituality and charism of Mary Aikenhead and to keep alive her inspirational spirit throughout the world.  A Cause Resource Group has been appointed to facilitate the Project and a 'contact sister' has been appointed in each country where the Sisters of Charity live and work.

The goals of the Project are:

  1. To map initiatives which give effect to Mary Aikenhead’s charism especially in countries where the RSC Congregations minister or propose to minister.
  2. To make Mary Aikenhead’s love of Christ and of the poor known throughout the world and relevant for this century.
  3. To endeavour to ignite passion for the poor among our families, friends, lay colleagues and all associated with us.
  4. To work towards the establishment of different programmes within the Mary Aikenhead Project.
  5. To advance the Cause of Mary Aikenhead through the Congregation for the Causes for Saints.

The Cause of Mary Aikenhead

Mary Aikenhead's journey to be officially pronounced a Saint by the Church began in 1908 and is still in progress.  You can read about that journey by clicking HERE.

A Short Synopsis On The Life Of Mary Aikenhead

In January 2013 Sr Miriam Twohig RSC gave a presentation to the Senior Sisters in the Irish Province on the life of Mary Aikenhead.
Sr Miriam is a native of Co. Cork.  She taught in a primary school for twelve years before entering the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1956.  After profession she continued to teach in primary schools of the Congregation until she retired.  Following a sabbatical she did remedial teaching until she was transferred to St. Vincent’s in Cork to work in the Centre for women with mild learning and physical disabilities.
Her main interests are in spirituality, education, history, classical music, mixed-voice choral music, ‘fancy’ cooking and in promoting the life and spirituality of Mary Aikenhead.
Her presentation is re-produced HERE and in three PDFs below:

pdfThe Life of Mary Aikenhead Part 11.22 MB

pdfThe Life of Mary Aikenhead Part 2879.06 KB

pdfThe Life of Mary Aikenhead Part 3904.56 KB

A Daily Reflection

The quote in 'gold' below is from the writings of our foundress and can be found in The Everyday Wisdom of Mary Aikenhead. The reflections change daily, so be sure to check back tomorrow for a new reflection.

11th December - Our duty is to be like the good Shepherd in the very parable taught us by His own Sacred Words – we must support those who are weak, and bind up the wounds and fractures of our flock, even before they complain of the pain brought on by their own folly.
Mary Aikenhead

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