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An ongoing collection of interesting news, short articles, reflections, poems  and information from the  English/Irish Communities

Sunningdale Avenue

February 2017

Some youngsters from the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre have come to prepare the vegetable plot and to sow bean seeds and tomatoes seeds.

Sister Martha celebrates being 100 years young

February 22nd  2017

You are 100 year old

Means 100 years of blessings

From Our Lord Jesus Christ.

You live life to the fullest.

You have lost your youth

But your heart is gold

Nothing is more important than

All the wonderful things that you did.

Someday you'll meet Our Greatest Father,

He'll embrace you in His loving arms

And will thank you for being a good follower

Of His commandments. Poem by Alon Calinao Dy 

Sister Martha Hickey IJS 

Celebrates her 100th Birthday  

February 22nd 2017

This is the day that the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Sister Florence O' Sullivan IJS

February 2017

Sr.Florence peacefully died in Millstreet Ireland on 19th February 2017 at the age of 88 years old. She was a missionary, spending time in Malaysia, Singapore and Nigeria. After returning to Ireland she spent 34 years in various education missions. She had a great love of nature and all creation. 

The following was read out at her funeral.

' I think Sr. Florence's wish for all of us today is:

"When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom filed room:

Why cry for a soul set free"

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Tadpoles arrive 

March 2017

The wonder of creation. The small pond in the Sunningdale Avenue garden now has several clumps of frog spawn. What is interesting the spawn is 5 weeks later than last year.

Sunningdale Avenue

March  2017

Spring has arrived and the hens are very happy to at last be able to scratch in the garden. Its been a long winter for them, especially being enclosed owing to the Avian Flu. They have now come into lay and the local community are benefiting from delicious fresh eggs.

Spring comes to the Sunningdale Avenue. Community

The Prayer of the Frog

March 2017

'Brother Bruno was disturbed by the croaking of frogs. He shouted out " Quiet I am at my prayers"  Being a saint he was instantly obeyed. An inner voice said 'Maybe  God is pleased with the croaking of the frog". With this in mind Bruno then gave the order, Sing!" Bruno's heart then became in harmony with the universe and for the first time in his life he understood what it means to pray ." Adapted from the Prayer of the Frog Anthony de Mello

Sunningdale Avenue

March  2017

There is now a broody Bantam hen sitting on eggs. All being well we will have chicks hatched out for Easter.

Spring comes to the Sunningdale Avenue. Community

March 2017

'They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils." William Wordsworth

Sun shines at the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre

March 2017

The dog and horse in the stable lay

The Sun shines where it may

Tranquility and peace fill the air

And stable life becomes a prayer

 Sunningdale Avenue Community

Blazes & Brigades is shown on BBCFour

Sister Mary Joy is in the programme as she was Britain's first female fire fighter.

April 14th 2017

Easter comes to the Sunningdale Avenue Community

April 16th 2017

To be given an Easter egg is a symbol of hope and of new life. It is likened to the tomb of Jesus Christ. The hatching out of a chick from the egg, symbolises new life which we celebrate at Easter

Easter comes to the Sunningdale Avenue Community

April 16th 2017

God's love is like a mother hen: who hides under her wings.

St Chad's Sanctuary

April  2017

A scared and tired father

A woman pregnant and in pain

An uncertain future for an unborn child

Who'll face anger, exclusion and disdain

behind a census of statistics

We still hide the human face

Of a desperation that dares to dream

That begs of another, grace.

But that one who said he had nothing

There's nothing here left to give

Was it in putting a face to a number he knew

You deserved not just to survive but to live?

And when he stretched an open hand

Did God's kingdom touch this earth?

And is this still an incarnation moment

When we dare believe in the other's worth?

When we smile 'come in and welcome'

To those whose lives are tattered and torn

In these the tiniest glimmers of hope

-Each day anew the Messiah is born.

Poem by Stephanie Neville Volunteer at the St Chad's Sanctuary

Sr. Louise Roche

April 24th  2017

Peacefully died at St Joseph's Convent, Model Farm Road Ireland. 

She became a postulant in 1947 and made final vows in Paris in 1954

Sr. Louise will be greatly missed by her family, community and many friends.

'Darkness into Light' in Killarney

May 6th  2017

Sisters Rosemary & Maria walked in Darkness into Light as part of a global movement to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of suicide and self harm. This year there were participants from 150 centres throughout the world who joined in the 5 km walk. The funds will enable Pieta House, the Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide, to provide life-giving support to those living in the shadows.

Sister Margaret Walsh receives 'Life Time Achievement Award'

25th July 2017

This prestigious award was presented in recognition of many years of dedicated service to the 'Hope Community', Wolverhampton, 'Brushstrokes' and her on going work at 'The Sanctuary' in Birmingham.

The presenter Phil Brennion, Chair of the British International, stated that he hoped this would not represent the culmination of her achievements but would inspire her to look ahead to other challenging projects. 

Congratulations Margaret, Where will you take us next?

Sister Margaret Walsh receives 'Life Time Achievement Award'

July 27th  2017

On 27th July 2017 Sisters Margaret attended The Community Inspirational Award Ceremony in Birmingham.

There were 2 categories " Public Services" and "Community". Sister Margaret was short listed for the Life Time Achievement Award and during the ceremony she was presented with this well deserved award.

Annual Summer Retreat in Ballyferriter

July  2017

In July, IJ sisters and friends gathered in Ballyferriter, Co Kerry, from England, Scotland and Ireland for what has become an annual event in this place of haunting mystical beauty. This year we revisited "The Gospel of John" reading it as the gospel in which Jesus most clearly reveals the inner Life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, how The Word and the Spirit in Creation since "the beginning " and how we are invited, and enabled, to live, even now, in communion with the One who loves us eternally. For many of us, this was perhaps the first time we read this Gospel from beginning to end. Seeing it as a whole brought many fresh life giving insights. We had the added joy of being together in one place with the possibility of hiking, swimming, cycling or walking, surrounded by unpolluted air and beauty. Sister Georgina IJ

Cormac, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor

12th September  2017

It is with sadness that we all heard of the death of His Eminence Cormac, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor. Over numerous years the Cardinal has been a friend to many of the sisters. We have worked with him, played with him and prayed with him. He had a great sense of humour and was indeed a man of deep prayer and love for his priestly duties.

May he now rest in peace and be enjoying all the pleasures of heaven.

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Sister Gertie Lalor enjoying and celebrating her 80th Birthday.

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Sister Mary de Courcey Mac Donnell celebrates her birthday and with youthful energy she blows out her 80th birthday candle!

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

The smiles say it all. Three Sisters peacefully relaxing together. Sisters Beatrice and Agatha Ahern with Rosario McAuliffe

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Sisters Martha Hickey who is seated and Sister Clare O'Callaghan enjoying a joke on Martha's 100th birthday.

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Sister Ita Higgins and Sister Elizabeth Browne

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Birthday bells for Carmel McMahon

and Elizabeth Browne who celebrates being 90 years young.

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Here are two great buddies sharing some time together. Sister Mary Cotter and Sister Mary Carmody.

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Sister Catherine Golden seen here relaxing on her 94th Birthday.

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

The smiling face of Sister Gertie Lalor with Mary O'Connor.

St Joseph's Community

 September  2017

Jubilee Celebrations are always a good time to meet and catch up.

We see here Gathered together Sisters Catherine O' Sullivan, Mairéad O' Sullivan and Fidelma Hogan.

The photos below share a glimpse of community life, birthdays and jubilees at St Joseph's Cork.

Millstreet Community

 October  2017

Congratulations to our 4 Diamond Jubilarians who celebrate together an incredible total of 240 years as Infant Jesus Sisters.

Mary O'Connell, Pauline O'Dwyer, Rosario McAulife and Frances Dwane. 

A special celebration was held at the Millstreet Community at Springford Hall. Co. Cork

Hope Community Wolverhampton

 October  2017

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant presented the award to Sue Allen.

 A message was read out from Her Majesty the Queen which said 

'Hope was being honoured for "addressing loneliness and isolation, and supporting vulnerable people experiencing difficulties and disadvantage in life."

In this photograph we see the two smiling faces of Sister Margaret Walsh Founder of the Hope Community and Sue Allen the Project Manager.

Hope Community Wolverhampton

 October  2017

Congratulations to Sister Margaret and all at the Hope Community Heath Town, for receiving the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. An extremely well deserved award for all the consistent hard work carried out for many years.

Sunningdale Avenue Community 

 October  2017

Sister Mary-Joy is made a Fellow of the Riding for the Disabled Association. Mary Joy is seen here with Paralympic medalist Sophie Christiansen.

Sunningdale Avenue Community 

 October  2017

Sister Mary-Joy is invited to the Women of the Year Luncheon. Seen here with Dany Cotton Commissioner of London Fire Brigade.

 January 2018

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Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre 

January 2018

In the New Year Queens' honours  it was announced that Sr. Mary Joy has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her work with disadvantaged and disabled children.

Two very special centenarians

January 2018

Sister Martha who will be 101 this year and Sister Eleanor has just celebrated her 100th birthday. 

In addition these two incredible ladies will also later this year be celebrating 80 years of religious life. 

Many congratulations and a sincere thank you for their dedicated years of service as Sisters of the Infant Jesus.

From the Advent bulb to the New Year flowering 

January 2018

Part of the action for our IJ Advent calendar was to plant a traditional Amaryllis bulb. Here we see a stunning four bloom Amaryllis. The flower is like the four points of the compass, pointing out to the world.  As an international congregation this flowers is a symbol of the different global directions where our sisters may be found. 

Thank you to Sr. Marie for sending  in.

Jubilee Celebrations held at St Joseph's  Cork. It was a joyful day with a wonderful liturgy, delicious food with time shared with each other and to top it the weather was perfect.

Sister Fidelma's 'Limerick' sums up the day of celebrations and our mission so succinctly 

June 2018

There was once an IJ Congregation

That knew how to make celebration

By caring and sharing

With courage and daring

They infected the whole of Creation!

“He taught us a lot about friendship and all the things you can accomplish as a team.”

Pentecost 2017