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A Call to Action
28 Mar 2017

A Call to Action

The United Nations Secretary General has stated that “faced with ‘clear science and real threats’ countries must remain committed to the Paris Climate Deal.” “First, climate change is an unprecedented and

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Caritas Climate Justice Petition 2017
28 Mar 2017

Caritas Climate Justice Petition 2017

All around the world vulnerable communities are being impacted by the drastic effects of climate change; millions of people and other species are suffering as a result. Caritas Australia is organizing a Climate

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Food for Thought
27 Mar 2017

Food for Thought

Have you ever wondered what happens to the e-waste after you dispose of it? Have you ever wondered where it might finish up or who might be impacted by it?

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Fourth Sunday in Lent
25 Mar 2017

Fourth Sunday in Lent

We each have certain ‘blind spots’ preventing us from seeing clearly. Perhaps we are blind to the many gifts of life so freely given to us by our loving God. Maybe

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Earth Hour 2017
23 Mar 2017

Earth Hour 2017

Millions of people, businesses and landmarks around the globe will mark Earth Hour this year on Saturday 25 March between 8.30 – 9.30pm wherever they are.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour. The

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UNANIMA International Update March 2017
22 Mar 2017

UNANIMA International Update March 2017

Much ongoing work to bring about ecological and social justice has been happening at UNANIMA International since the beginning of the year. Thanks to Margaret Fyfy csb our current Brigidine

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Equinox Day
20 Mar 2017

Equinox Day

This is the day on which we celebrate the Spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the Autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere. At this time we experience an equal balance

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Third Sunday in Lent
18 Mar 2017

Third Sunday in Lent

During the coming week we are invited to recall some of the most precious gifts in life. The Jews, living in dry and sometimes arid places knew the tremendous value of

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Coming Event on Palm Sunday
16 Mar 2017

Coming Event on Palm Sunday

A number of Brigidine Sisters, together with their colleagues, family and friends will take part in The 2017 Walk for Justice for Refugees which will be held on Sunday 9

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St Patrick’s Day
15 Mar 2017

St Patrick’s Day

Brigidines around the world celebrate the great apostle of Ireland! History tells us that as a young boy Patrick was taken captive and sold as a slave to Ireland. After working as

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Second Sunday in Lent
10 Mar 2017

Second Sunday in Lent

This week we hear once again the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17: 1-9) in which three of Jesus’ closest and most trusted friends are invited to accompany him to “the mountain”. We are aware

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Prepare for a Slavery-Free Easter
09 Mar 2017

Prepare for a Slavery-Free Easter

Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic act.” The 2016 Brigidine Congregational Forum called

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UNANIMA International News
06 Mar 2017

UNANIMA International News

Congratulations to Meena Karunananthan who has received the 2017 UNANIMA International Woman of Courage Award. Meena was given this award for her ‘courage, determination and leadership’ in succeeding to get

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International Women’s Day
05 Mar 2017

International Women’s Day

March 8 is the United Nation’s International Women’s Day and the chosen theme this year is “Be Bold For Change”. As Brigidines, we can play a part in helping bring about

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Pope’s Prayer Intention for March
03 Mar 2017

Pope’s Prayer Intention for March

Pope Francis is inviting all to join him during March to pray that persecuted Christians throughout the world will be supported by the prayers and material aid of the whole Church. During the

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Laudato Si Lenten Calendar
26 Feb 2017

Laudato Si Lenten Calendar

The Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of St Elizabeth, NJ offers a Lenten Calendar of daily reflections and suggested actions flowing from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si:

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Resources for Lent 2017
24 Feb 2017

Resources for Lent 2017

There are numerous  resources providing opportunities to make the most of the coming six weeks of Lent. During this time of reflection, prayer and penance we are invited to review God’s call to care for Earth, our Common Home

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A Call to Action
23 Feb 2017

A Call to Action

Millions of people are on the verge of a severe food crisis in parts of Africa including Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea, Yemen and Ethiopia. Several years of consecutive drought and harsh weather

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Celebrating Valentines Day
12 Feb 2017

Celebrating Valentines Day

Have you noticed how big business focuses on the commercial value of February 14th by selling chocolates, flowers and cards on the day set to honour St. Valentine? Valentine is remembers as a Roman priest who secretly

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“Dont be like mannequins”
06 Feb 2017

“Dont be like mannequins”

As part of his February Prayer Intention, Pope Francis calls on all Catholics to be prepared to take action in response to the suffering of refugees, the poor and the

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UNANIMA International Update February 2017
03 Feb 2017

UNANIMA International Update February 2017

The Brigidine Congregation is a member of  UNANIMA International and our members are supportive of the UI ongoing work for ecological and social justice. Sister Margaret Fyfe csb is the current  Brigidine

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St Brigid’s Day at Kildara Centre
02 Feb 2017

St Brigid’s Day at Kildara Centre

Twenty – five Friends of Brigid came together at Brigid’s Well, Kildara Centre, Malvern on St Brigid’s Day to reflect on the year ahead. The reflective ritual included recalling the story of Brigid’s cloak

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Greetings for St Brigid’s Day
30 Jan 2017

Greetings for St Brigid’s Day

As Brigidine Sisters, together with our associates, friends and colleagues in ministry celebrate the feast of our Patroness, St Brigid of Kildare on 1st February, we are mindful of the increasingly urgent needs

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UNANIMA International Update January 2017
23 Jan 2017

UNANIMA International Update January 2017

The Brigidine Congregation is a proud member of UNANIMA International( UI). UANIMA International is an alliance of women religious working for justice, particularly justice for the planet and for women and girls. One

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God Bless America!
19 Jan 2017

God Bless America!

As the transition of leadership in the United States of America unfolds over these days, our thoughts and prayers are with our Brigidine Sisters and Associates who live and minister

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Feile Bride – Kildare, Ireland
14 Jan 2017

Feile Bride – Kildare, Ireland

All are invited to join in the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Feile Bride from January 29 to February 5 at the Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages situated in Kildare, Ireland.

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Beginning Your 2017 Calendar
09 Jan 2017

Beginning Your 2017 Calendar

As you proceed marking the different events and commitments in your 2017 calendar, this might be a good time to reflect on how to mark the calendar in order to maintain

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Happy New Year
31 Dec 2016

Happy New Year

As 2017 begins, we face the New Year with trust in our God who continues to bless us and call us to bring hope and peace to all we meet.

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130 Years of Brigidine Ministry in Echuca
28 Dec 2016

130 Years of Brigidine Ministry in Echuca

The first Brigidine Sisters  – Mothers Borgia Hayden, Benedict Moore, Thomas Healy and Vincent Brennan, arrived in Echuca, a river town on the banks of the Murray River, Victoria in

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UNANIMA International Update December 2016
06 Dec 2016

UNANIMA International Update December 2016

For a final update of news and activities for 2016,  including a glowing endorsement of UNANIMA International and other NGO’s by Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General , please

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Remembrance Day
10 Nov 2016

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who

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Seeking Asylum is a Basic Human Right
08 Nov 2016

Seeking Asylum is a Basic Human Right

Bishop of Parramatta, Australia, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv has spoken out against the threat of cruel and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. Bishop Vincent is the

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RENATE International Assembly, November 2016
03 Nov 2016

RENATE International Assembly, November 2016

From 6 – 12 November 2016, religious engaged in the Europe Networking Against Human Trafficking (RENATE) will hold their International Assembly in Rome. Members from 27 countries in Europe will assemble to discuss, discern,

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UNANIMA International Board November Report
02 Nov 2016

UNANIMA International Board November Report

The Brigidine Congregation is an active member of UNANIMA International. In September two of our Sisters represented Brigidines by attending the UNANIMA International Board meeting in New York, USA. For an update of

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All Saints Day and All Souls Day
30 Oct 2016

All Saints Day and All Souls Day

On these two holy days we remember all our deceased Brigidine Sisters, our deceased family members and all the past pupils, associates and former colleagues who have gone before us marked with the sign of

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Beware of Hypocrisy – Pope Francis
20 Oct 2016

Beware of Hypocrisy – Pope Francis

Speaking recently  with a group of young people in Rome, Pope Francis gave the following challenge saying, “You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian. You cannot be

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UNANIMA International update October 2016
12 Oct 2016

UNANIMA International update October 2016

Topics this month include: UI appoints two new interns Progress against Human Trafficking Haiti and the Universal Periodic Review UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants UNANIMA Board

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A Call to Prayer and Solidarity
08 Oct 2016

A Call to Prayer and Solidarity

News of the hundreds of deaths and extensive suffering following Hurricane Matthew calls us to prayer and solidarity. We remember at this time the people of Haiti (the poorest country

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St Francis of Assisi’s Prayer
04 Oct 2016

St Francis of Assisi’s Prayer

‘The Canticle of the Sun’ is a prayer/ hymn attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. It identifies some of the various elements of creation as sisters and brothers to humanity,

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Advocacy for Trafficked People in Australia
22 Sep 2016

Advocacy for Trafficked People in Australia

Twelve members of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) spent a recent week meeting parliamentarians in Canberra to raise awareness of issues of human trafficking in Australia and

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Day of Prayer for Peace
20 Sep 2016

Day of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis is calling all to join him in prayer on Tuesday 20 September as he visits Assisi, Italy. During his visit there will be an ecumenical service with representatives

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An Equinox Prayer
19 Sep 2016

An Equinox Prayer

As we mark this time of equinox, may we find the balance we desire and need in our lives: – light and dark, – spirit and body, – mind and

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Care for Creation: A New Work of Mercy
12 Sep 2016

Care for Creation: A New Work of Mercy

We tend to think of the works of mercy in relation to a specific initiative eg hospitals for the sick, a meals program for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to

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Canonisation of Mother Teresa
04 Sep 2016

Canonisation of Mother Teresa

We give thanks for the life and witness of Mother Teresa who gave her life in service of the poorest of the poor. May we be inspired by her example

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Climate Change Could Cut Coffee Production
02 Sep 2016

Climate Change Could Cut Coffee Production

As Brigidines we have been called to commit “to the purchase of Fair Trade and other products which promote social and environmental well-being.” (2016 Congregational Forum). The following recent report

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Solidarity With South Sudan
26 Aug 2016

Solidarity With South Sudan

Brigidine Sisters around the world support peace and development as part of Solidarity with South Sudan. The following link provides an opportunity to update your knowledge and prayer commitment to the needs

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ACRATH Newsletter July 2016
16 Aug 2016

ACRATH Newsletter July 2016

Check out the attached newsletter for an update on all the latest activities of ACRATH members around Australia. ACRATH Newsletter July 2016

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Mary MacKillop Day
08 Aug 2016

Mary MacKillop Day

Saint Mary of the Cross (1842 – 1909) was a great Australian woman dedicated to sharing God’s love with the people of her time. Today she and the Sisters of

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ACRATH News
30 Jul 2016

ACRATH News

ACRATH recently submitted their fourth progress report to the Australian Attorney-General’s Department detailing their work over the last 6 months.   Highlights of this reporting period include the following:  The

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29 Jul 2016

Prayer for Fr Jacques Hamel

Prayer for Fr Jacques Hamel, priest in the parish of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Archdiocese of Rouen, France.           Give him everlasting rest O Lord, And let perpetual light shine

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STANDING IN SOLIDARITY
19 Jul 2016

STANDING IN SOLIDARITY

Brigidine Sisters, together with our associates, colleagues and partners in ministry stand in solidarity with all whose lives have been torn apart by the most recent acts of violence in

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Laudato Si
30 Jun 2016

Laudato Si

Brigidines around the world give thanks for the encyclical Laudato Si which was published one year ago, June 2015. In it Pope Francis challenges us to daily hear the cry

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Brigidine Congregational Leadership Team update
21 Jun 2016

Brigidine Congregational Leadership Team update

CONGRATULATIONS    The Congregational Leadership Team has announced that Theresa Kilmurray csb has been appointed as the fourth member of their team. As Sisters Catherine O’Connor (Leader), Anne Boyd, Margaret

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New Congregational Leadership Team
01 Jun 2016

New Congregational Leadership Team

Congratulations to members of the incoming Congregational Leadership Team who were elected at the recent Congregational Forum in Tullow, Ireland. Congregational Leader is Cathy O’Connor. Anne Boyd and Margaret Fyfe are

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23rd Congregational Forum
16 May 2016

23rd Congregational Forum

  From 15th -31st May delegates from Brigidine Communities around the world will be gathered in Tullow, Ireland for the 23rd Congregational Forum. The theme of our Forum is: This

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ACRATH News
26 Apr 2016

ACRATH News

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) have released their latest newsletter. Please follow the link: ACRATH Newsletter April 2016

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World Health Day
11 Apr 2016

World Health Day

This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. The main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign are the increase awareness about

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Happy Easter
26 Mar 2016

Happy Easter

In these days of Easter we join Earth and all beings in giving thanks for the gifts of new life born out of the risk of letting go and entering

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HOLY WEEK
22 Mar 2016

HOLY WEEK

Pope Francis began Holy Week with his Palm Sunday homily in which he decried what he called indifference to the refugees flooding into Europe, making a comparison to the authorities

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International Women’s Day
08 Mar 2016

International Women’s Day

Brigidines join women and girls around the world to mark 2016 International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Pledge for Parity”. Worldwide women continue to contribute uniquely to social, religious,

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Good Egg Guide for Easter
29 Feb 2016

Good Egg Guide for Easter

Do buy Fairtrade Easter Eggs. It matters. Children are trafficked to harvest the cocoa beans to make our chocolate.   Download the Good Egg Guide for 2016

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Brigid Artwork by Doris Klein
22 Feb 2016

Brigid Artwork by Doris Klein

The Congregational Leadership Team commissioned artist Doris Klein, CSA from USA to paint this image of Brigid of Kildare. Accompanying the painting from Doris was the following: “This image reflects

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Help End Slavery This Easter
15 Feb 2016

Help End Slavery This Easter

End Slavery in your Community, Parish, Workplace. Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery Free! All Brigidines, our associates and colleagues are urged to buy and eat only slavery-free chocolate this Easter.

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Feast of St Bakhita – 8 February 2016
01 Feb 2016

Feast of St Bakhita – 8 February 2016

Please see the latest ACRATH Newsletter re campaigns and St Bakhita Day on 8 February, a day of Prayer and Reflection on Human Trafficking. Perhaps you can bring this important

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HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
08 Dec 2015

HOLY YEAR OF MERCY

Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Holy Year to start on 8 December 2015 and conclude on 20 November 2016. This Holy Year will be dedicated to a theme close

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Members password reset information
24 Oct 2015

Members password reset information

If you are a website member and have misplaced or forgotten you password, follow the below instructions to get a new password.     Go to the login page and

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19 Oct 2015

Safeguarding practice in the Irish Brigidine Community

The Brigidine Sisters are committed to do everything within their power to maintain a high level of child safeguarding in accordance with the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Statutory Authorities.

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Safeguarding practice in the Irish Brigidine Community
09 Oct 2015

Safeguarding practice in the Irish Brigidine Community

The Brigidine Sisters are committed to do everything within their power to maintain a high level of child safeguarding in accordance with the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Statutory Authorities.

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17 Jun 2015

World Refugee Day – 20 June 2015

The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. Today we honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

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02 Jun 2015

5 June 2015: WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

The 2015 theme for World Environment Day is Sustainable consumption and production. The slogan for the theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”

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14 May 2015

Safeguarding audit

The Brigidine Congregation has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of their safeguarding practices.

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21 Apr 2015

Earth Day, 22 April 2015

Earth Day – 22 April 2015 – marks the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. We celebrate Earth Day but also mourn the lack of respect shown for the earth. Let us take action for Earth justice.

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21 Sep 2014

World Day of Peace

21 September is observed around the world as the International Day of Peace – a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among nations and peoples.

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16 Jul 2014

An Irish Blessing

A Blessing Prayer sent from the Ireland / United Kingdom Brigidine community to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Daniel Delany Day.

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10 Jun 2014

National Lament

Brigidine Sisters joined Catholic Religious Australia in participating in the National Lament and Prophetic Witness during the Week of Prayer from Ascension Sunday June 1 to Pentecost Sunday June 8.

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03 Mar 2014

Our Lament

With all in Catholic Religious Australia…

We lament the lack of compassion for people seeking asylum in Australia

We lament the denial of human dignity and freedom

We lament the indifference

We lament our inability to turn the tide

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06 Aug 2013

ACRATH on-line Education Resource

An educational resource has been prepared by the ACRATH Education Committee to assist secondary school teachers in raising their students’ consciousness and educating them about the issues of human trafficking.

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03 Apr 2013

UNANIMA International Update April 2013

Reminders from the Commission on the Status of Women.
There was a cry for the end of all forms of violence against women and girls:
– there are still governments that refuse to acknowledge gross violations of women’s rights.

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27 Mar 2013

Easter 2013 Message

How do we rise from deadening forces and make a conscious decision to
be light-bearers who believe in the Risen Jesus?

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15 Mar 2013

Report from the Commission on the Status of Women:CSW 57

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 4 – 15 March.

It is a sad fact that across our world the one place where a woman often does not feel safe is in her own home.

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06 Mar 2013

Report from the Commission on the Status of Women:CSW 57

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 4 – 15 March. The priority theme for this event was – The Elimination and Prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

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07 Sep 2012

On Refugee Sunday

This year Refugee Sunday ( 26 August) comes at an opportune time. As a nation, we are making decisions about asylum seekers and refugees that are the biggest we have made in the past decade.

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09 Nov 2011

Press Release: Kildare ministries

The Brigidine Sisters are pleased to announce the approval of a new Public Juridic Person Kildare Ministries by the Vatican, that will eventually take responsibility for the educational services and community works sponsored by the Brigidine Sisters.

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15 Apr 2011

Dalai Lama visits Kildare

On 13 April the Dalai lama visited Kildare town where he was presented with a St Brigid’s Cross and a St Brigid’s Flame – the symbols of Kildare’s spiritual heritage and of justice and peace.

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01 Feb 2011

St Brigid’s Day 2011

Since the dawn of 2011 just weeks ago, our world seems to have been tested by endless experiences of hardship and upheaval….

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15 May 2010

Reflections on the UISG Meeting

During May I had the privilege of attending the leaders’ assembly of women’s religious orders, held in Rome every three years. The UISG (International Union of Superiors General) represents some 600,000 women religious.

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01 Apr 2010

Raising Hope

There is an abundance of research which shows that displaced persons are among the most vulnerable in the community when it comes to resorting to alcohol and other drugs to dull the pain and misunderstandings.

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01 Apr 2010

Wheels for connections

People who come to stay at Ryder Cheshire Homes in Ivanhoe are temporarily separated from
their homes in the country or other parts of Australia and New Zealand, some for lengthy periods
of time.

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01 Mar 2010

UNANIMA International

The key focus of UNANIMA International meeting in March 2010 is the upcoming water campaign and future plans. UI will take the issue of Water for its campaign as part of its Environment and Care of the Planet theme.

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27 Feb 2010

Giving birth to a new form of religious life

According to Sister Sandra M. Schneiders, Immaculate Heart of Mary sister, professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology, women religious congregations have given birth to a new form of religious life.

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01 Feb 2010

Feile Bhride Kildare

A DERRY businessman, and a charity worker who had been shot in the face and permanently blinded by a British soldier when aged ten, were the speakers at the AFRI conference at this year’s Feile Bhride.

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