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8 March is International Women's Day

International Women's DayEvery person can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait....

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Golden Jubilee Celebrations! 1966-2016

mary-k-thumb2016 marked a milestone for Sr Anne Marie Costelloe in July and for the October group of 1966, Sisters Marcella Cassells, Rita Dawson, Joanna Flannery, Sheila Geaney, Rosaleen Heslin, Barbara Kenny, Maria Kenny, Mary Kernan, Cecilia Marum, Rose O’Rourke and Mary Scanlan, as we came together to celebrate our Golden Jubilees.

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Unveiling of Mary Aikenhead Statue in Melbourne, Australia

ma-statue-thumb“Mary Aikenhead, like Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a woman of choice not chance. A young woman who listened for what God was calling her to be and who responded in a way that made a huge difference in the world of others.“  These descriptors of Mary Aikenhead were among other characteristics about which April Honeyman, Principal of St Columba’s College Essendon spoke at the unveiling of the statue of Mary Aikenhead on November 21st 2016.

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My Final Profession of God’s Faithfulness

chioma-thumbMy final religious profession is a dream come true.  A journey of nine years was accomplished on the 27th day of August, 2016.  It is a day I will live to remember.  The day was pleasantly bright and cool.  The Eucharistic celebration began by 11am at the Archangels Parish, Satellite Town Lagos.  The celebration was graced by 17 priests and about 70 women religious of different congregations. 

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Life in Halona Idiwan’a – We Call It “Zuni”

zuni-thumbOn July 23rd, 2016, I drove past a sign with a Zuni Sunface and the words, “Welcome to Zuniland.” Since that day, something new and wonderful has been unfolding almost every day. I have been privileged to be missioned to serve here in Zuni among the Zuni people. Our Zuni people call this place, “Halona Idiwan’a” – “our Middle Place.” 

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Imaginary Conversation between Lazarus & Dives

dives-lazarusRegular readers of our eNews will know that the Gospel story of Dives and Lazarus Luke (16:19-31) is the foundational Scripture passage for the RSC Congregation.  Here, Sr Bríd Greville reflects on an imaginary conversation between the two men:

 

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Lakelands Jottings

lakelands-thumbSr Anne Curry writes about the many events and happenings in Lakelands community in Dublin this year - home to many active and retired sisters: "We had many occasions to celebrate during the year.  We began on January 20th when we hosted the ‘Christmas Party’ for the senior sisters. 

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Book Launch 'Friend of the Poor - Mary Aikenhead'

booklaunch-thumbIn July 2015 Columba Press approached the Congregation to ask if we would write a book about Mary Aikenhead.  It was an historic year because we were celebrating our 200th anniversary and Pope Francis had declared Mary Aikenhead ‘Venerable’ on 18th March.

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Everyone Has a Right to a Place They Can Call Home

1016-stanhope-green-thumbIn September Focus Ireland released its annual report at its newly redeveloped housing in Stanhope Green in Dublin where it provides accommodation in 71 units (61 single units and 10 families) for people who were previously homeless. In this article you can read the Address by Sr. Stainslaus Kennedy at the Reopening at which Minister for Housing Simon Coveney was present.

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