Sharing in the life of our Congregation
Committed to Care of the Earth and the Abolition of Trafficking in Persons
May 2022
St Vincents Healthcare Group Dublin
The Religious Sisters of Charity are pleased to confirm that the transfer of ownership of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group from the Congregation to the new independent, charitable body St Vincent’s Holding CLG is now completed. We wish all the staff and management of St Vincent’s and St Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire well for the future in continuing to provide world class care serving the healthcare needs of the people of Ireland
Sr. Cynthia Nwaichi makes her Final Vows in Kiri Kiri, Nigeria
The 30th April 2022 was a wonderful day for the RSC Sisters in the Nigerian Region and indeed for the entire Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity. Sr. Cynthia made her Final Profession among family and friends in St. Joseph's Parish Church in Kiri Kiri. We congratulate Sr. Cynthia. We will upload the video's and photographs as soon as they are available.
The Closure of Star of the Sea, Tramore
Sr. Mary Roche shares a brief history of the years the RSC's spent in Tramore. Reflecting back when the Sisters of Charity arrived in Tramore, Co Waterford, in the south of Ireland in 1866. Their first focus was on the education of girls and also on the visitation of the sick poor in their homes. The Sisters opened a primary school and later ‘a secondary top’ which developed into a full secondary school. The schools were named ‘Star of the Sea’ and ‘Stella Maris’ respectively. READ MORE
Celebrating our Culture, Heritage, and our Pride in a Nigerian School
Sr. Beatrice Opia, tells us of the beautiful celebration for the first Cultural Day at the school in Port Harcourt. She explains that in today's multi-cultural society coupled with the struggle for peace and unity in the world, the management of Sancta Maria Nursery and Primary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, deemed it fit to introduce a cultural day celebration. Thus on 25th February, 2022, the pupils and staff celebrated their first Cultural Day.
Education in Nigeria
Our Sisters work to serve the poor across the globe and especially in the area of education. We spoke with Sr Micheline and Sr Angela about the education ministry in Bomadi, Nigeria. A small town in Nigeria’s Delta State, Bomadi is located on the Forcados River. The Nigerian Regional leader Sr Micheline O’Donnell has been based in Nigeria for 35 years while Sr Angela is head teacher at Our Lady of the Waters Nursery/Primary School, Bomadi.
Report from Mary Aikenhead Day Centre
Sr Marie Smyth gives us her account of how the Day Centre coped during the pandemic. She said that at the beginning of 2022, as we were still struggling with the Covid Virus which had put us, over 70’s, and the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre into lock-down back in March 2019. Since that time the human race all over the world has suffered and struggled with the pandemic which continues to produce new variants as scientists and health systems try to fight it with injections and various strategies. We wanted to record how Mary Aikenhead Centre coped with these challenges. .READ MORE
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
On February 8th the Religious Sisters of Charity joined sisters worldwide in a prayer marathon for International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. This day is St. Josephine Bakhita’s Feastday, the patron saint of those who have been trafficked. Our sisters not only prayed, but also took to the air waves on radio and television in Zambia and Nigeria to raise awareness. 
Sister Mary Threadgold on communication, dementia and the establishment of Sonas APC
Sr. Mary explains how Sonas apc came into existence in 1990 as a way of helping older people, usually resident in nursing homes, who neither interacted nor communicated with each other, mainly due to dementia. She begins by explaining from her background of 30 years in Speech and Language Therapy, she had the necessary knowledge to devise an approach based on sensory stimulation, quality engagement, structure and repetition as well as an emphasis on the importance of non-verbal communication (facial expression, body language, tone of voice etc) READ MORE
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Practicum experience as Councillor in training
Sr. Agatha Maurice tells us how as a student counsellor on practicum experience, working in a Government Day Secondary School, in Abuja, Nigeria she got an opportunity to counsel and assist adolescent students with different challenges in Educational, Personal, Social and Vocational Life.
Government Day Senior Secondary School is a school with a population of three thousand five hundred students with about a hundred students in a classroom. READ MORE
World Day of Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice is a United Nations-declared day recognising the need to promote social justice throughout the world. To mark the day, we spoke to Sr Kayula Lesa about her work in areas including anti-trafficking and the safeguarding of children in Zambia. From the Chinsali district of Zambia, Sr Kayula professed her vows in 1994 and has worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Meheba Refugee Settlement in Solwezi, where she was an education co-ordinator. She studied English at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, and received a masters degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Catholic Sisters Week
Catholic Sisters Week was celebrated throughout the world from March 8 – 13. Spotlighting the work of Catholic Sisters that makes a difference in people’s lives, the event also seeks to educate others to help reverse the destruction of our planet.
This year’s theme was Care for Earth, Care for You.
With this theme in mind, we think of Religious Sisters of Charity all over the world who honor, respect, and work with the natural world to help it flourish. READ MORE