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.
For over four years Sr. Benedicte Stroem, a Norwegian member of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Cluny, has been carrying out research based on the Sonas Programme, which was devised by Sr Mary Threadgold RSC in 1990. Sr. Benedicte was formerly Director of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Chapelizod, Dublin.
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