Thursday 22nd July marked the 163rd anniversary of Venerable Mary Aikenhead being born into Eternal Life. Mary Aikenhead who founded the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Australia was remembered in thanksgiving by both Congregations in a moving Zoom ceremony. The ceremony was the end of a nine-day journey that started in both Congregations with a novena to Mary Aikenhead.
Thursday, 3rd June 2021: There is much public discussion in relation to the Religious Sisters of Charity and whether we are still, or will be involved in the management of St Vincent’s Hospital, the new maternity hospital or the new independent charity set up to take over the ownership of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group from the Religious Sisters of Charity. The answer is no. The Religious Sisters of Charity have no involvement now and will not have any future role in the management of St Vincent’s Hospital. We will have no role, whatsoever, in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, the new independent charity or the new maternity hospital.
As we begin the Laudato Si week, the phrase, ‘looking at nature with reverence’ sums it all up. We are invited and reminded how important it is to treasure our connectedness with the whole of creation. In other words, we appreciate nature and realize that we are just a part of God’s designed ecosystem. This should be our main focus not just in this designated week but for all days to come.
St. Patrick’s Guild (Incorporated) was a charity founded in the early 20th century to assist Catholic unwed mothers and their children. It was incorporated as a limited company in 1926. Our Congregation was asked to become involved in relation to St Patrick’s Guild in the 1940s and took over the running of the adoption society until the adoption services ceased in the 1990s. St Patrick’s Guild is now in liquidation and gave all its files and records to Tusla in 2016.
This particular lady got married in 1976 to an engineer in the Zambia railways. She worked in Local Government in the Public Health Section. They had (8) eight children six boys and two girls. According to her the family planning pills never worked in her even though she took them. She had a baby every two years.
Today, all over the world, we celebrate Women’s Day and perhaps one might ask; what does it feel like to be a woman? If you are a woman, this question is for you. Woman! Has it ever occurred to you that the world is incomplete without you? God’s creation was incomplete until He created you.
The theme for Catholic Sisters Week Monday 8th - Sunday14th March is Celebrating Traditions Changing the World. As Religious Sisters of Charity, we celebrate our cultural diversity in community as a witness to union of minds and hearts especially in these days of deep divisions and systemic racism.
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