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Kildare Ministries Newsletter – July 2018
14 Aug 2018

Kildare Ministries Newsletter – July 2018

Kildare Ministries was officially launched in Melbourne on 18 March, 2014 and in Sydney on 31st March, 2014. It comprises the educational and community works formerly governed by the New South Wales

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LCWR Assembly 2018
05 Aug 2018

LCWR Assembly 2018

Every August, LCWR (Leadership Council of Women Religious) holds a national assembly of its members. The Assembly provides members opportunities for education, reflection on issues pertinent to religious life leadership, networking,

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Kildare Ministries Conference
01 Aug 2018

Kildare Ministries Conference

Brigidine Sisters are  praying for all attending the Leadership Conference between August 1 – 3 at Brigidine College, St Ives and St Joseph’s Retreat Centre, Baulkham Hills, Sydney. The Conference is

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Ireland Leading the Way
31 Jul 2018

Ireland Leading the Way

Ireland made history this month by becoming the first country in the world to pass a bill committing the nation to the divestment of all of its holdings in fossil fuel

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Anti-trafficking Group loses Government Funding
30 Jul 2018

Anti-trafficking Group loses Government Funding

On this the 2018 World Day Against Trafficking in Humans, ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has launched a national fund-raising appeal after the announcement from the Australian

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Prayer Intention – August
25 Jul 2018

Prayer Intention – August

Throughout the month of August we are invited to join the Pope in praying for families – our own, those with whom we minister and especially families seeking asylum and

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Slavery Still Exists in Our World!
25 Jul 2018

Slavery Still Exists in Our World!

In 1883,  the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 abolished slavery throughout the British Empire. This meant that the purchase or ownership of slaves became illegal within the British Empire, with the exception

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World Meeting of Families
17 Jul 2018

World Meeting of Families

The 2018 World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin from 21st – 26th August. The chosen theme for this event is – “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for

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Thought for the Week
16 Jul 2018

Thought for the Week

In Gaudete et Exsultate we read the following exhortation: It is not good when we look down on others like heartless judges, lording it over them and always trying to

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Kildare Ministries Conference
06 Jul 2018

Kildare Ministries Conference

From 1-3 August, Kildare Ministries will hold their conference at St Joseph’s Centre, Baulkham Hills, Sydney. The theme of the Conference is “Awakening the Hope We Share.” This theme is

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On Care For Our Common Earth
05 Jul 2018

On Care For Our Common Earth

The third anniversary this month of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si brings with it a reminder of the gift of creation and of the Spirit of God dwelling

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Brigidines Celebrate!
05 Jul 2018

Brigidines Celebrate!

On 9th July, Brigidine Sisters remember and celebrate their Founder, Daniel Delany. Daniel was born to Daniel and Elizabeth Delany (nee Fitzpatrick) in Paddock, County Laois, in the Diocese of Ossory

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Ritual at Kildare College Adelaide
04 Jul 2018

Ritual at Kildare College Adelaide

Kildare College in Adelaide recently welcomed a number of Brigidines who had lived in South Australia or ministered at Kildare College to the “Handing On of Land Ritual” at the

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Prayer Intention – July 2018
30 Jun 2018

Prayer Intention – July 2018

During this month we are invited to pray that priests and other pastoral leaders who experience fatigue or other challenges may be supported by their communities, other leaders and the

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Congratulations – Columban Centenary
22 Jun 2018

Congratulations – Columban Centenary

Brigidine Sisters add congratulations to all members of the Missionary Society of St Columban as they celebrate their centenary at this time and throughout the sixteen countries where Columbans have shared

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Celebrate Solstice Day
21 Jun 2018

Celebrate Solstice Day

In the Northern Hemisphere people and all of Nature mark the Summer Solstice on 21st June while in the Southern Hemisphere, people and all of Nature celebrate the Winter Solstice on

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Seeking Refuge – An In-depth Study
21 Jun 2018

Seeking Refuge – An In-depth Study

The Global Sisters Report: A Project of the National Catholic Reporter has made available a special series of articles on issues about refugees and asylum seekers in the world today.

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Refugee Week 18 – 24 June 2018
17 Jun 2018

Refugee Week 18 – 24 June 2018

Different pasts, shared future – Refugee Week reaches an important milestone: 20 years of celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. This 20 year anniversary is the theme of Refugee

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Thought for the Week
12 Jun 2018

Thought for the Week

What are you striving for in life? Are you focussed on living well within whatever circumstances you find yourself? Here is an invitation to reflect on your hopes and life

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Service in Support of Christ’s Mission
04 Jun 2018

Service in Support of Christ’s Mission

An ecumenical service in support of Christ’s mission to the poor and marginalised was held in Melbourne on 2 June. People from the Anglican, Baptist, Uniting Church and Catholic community gathered

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Corpus Christi Year B
02 Jun 2018

Corpus Christi Year B

One of the first acts of  Bishop Daniel Delany – the Founder of the Brigidines, was to establish the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament in Tullow in 1783. Devotion to

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Thought For The Week
01 Jun 2018

Thought For The Week

“If I encounter a person sleeping outdoors on a cold night, I can view him or her as an annoyance, an idler, an obstacle in my path, a troubling sight,

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Prayer Intention for June 2018
01 Jun 2018

Prayer Intention for June 2018

During the month of June, we join others and Pope Francis in praying that our use of social networks may lead to experiences of greater inclusiveness which respects others for

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The Feast of The Visitation
27 May 2018

The Feast of The Visitation

This feast day is a fitting remembrance of two “strong and gentle women” – Mary of Nazareth and her cousin, Elizabeth. (Refer Luke 1:39 – 56). As we remember these

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Woe to Those Who Exploit Workers!
27 May 2018

Woe to Those Who Exploit Workers!

We hear of it too often – workers being exploited, not being granted the correct time-off or allocation of pension or superannuation payments and even employers withholding wages from their employees. Pope

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Open to Fresh Possibilities!
23 May 2018

Open to Fresh Possibilities!

We live in the rather chaotic times! Each week we hear news of the collapse of political systems and financial markets and the escalating effects of global warming. As various crises continue to deepen, we

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Thought for the Week
14 May 2018

Thought for the Week

In Gaudete et Exsultate  Pope Francis is inviting us to be on the look out for the many signs of love and hope that surround us each day. He writes: “I

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Celebrating The Ascension of Jesus
13 May 2018

Celebrating The Ascension of Jesus

During the weeks of Easter we reflected on the mystery of death and the good news that death does not have the final word for us. So many of the Gospel stories of

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A Call for Action on Slavery
09 May 2018

A Call for Action on Slavery

Pope Francis has called for concerted effort from all parts of society to address the root causes of human trafficking, which he describes as a crime against humanity.  He made

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Thought for the Week
06 May 2018

Thought for the Week

Each day offers new invitations to live as Jesus demands. We’re invited to hold these invitations in our prayer and reflection and to open ourselves to the responses that surface in

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World Fair Trade Day
06 May 2018

World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). It takes place on the second Saturday of May each year and this year it occurs on Saturday 12 May 2018. The

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Feast of St Joseph the Worker
30 Apr 2018

Feast of St Joseph the Worker

On May 1st each year the Church marks the feast of St Joseph the Worker. This is an opportunity to recall the three fundamental attributes of work that serve human dignity

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Pay Attention to Details
29 Apr 2018

Pay Attention to Details

The following thought offers an invitation and  a call for each of us as we go about the everyday events of this week. “Let us not forget that Jesus asked his

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Standing In Solidarity
27 Apr 2018

Standing In Solidarity

In 2013, Pope Francis wrote that being a missionary was at the very heart of being a Catholic, a parish or a Catholic institution. For 27 years, Sister Patricia Fox,

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Pray and Work for Peace
25 Apr 2018

Pray and Work for Peace

Brigidine  Sisters in New Zealand and Australia marked ANZAC Day 2018 in a variety of ways and in different places. Some attended an ecumenical service of lament, repentance and hope

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UNANIMA International News
23 Apr 2018

UNANIMA International News

The Brigidine Congregation is an active member of UNANIMA International – a coalition of women’s religious Congregations from around the world who are committed to working together to name and overcome

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Good News from San Antonio
22 Apr 2018

Good News from San Antonio

In August, 1953 six pioneer Brigidine Sisters from the Irish-United Kingdom Province set out from the port of Cobh in Co. Cork on the ship the Mauritania bound for San Antonio,

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ANZAC Day – Lest We Forget
22 Apr 2018

ANZAC Day – Lest We Forget

Each year on 25 April, the people of New Zealand and Australia remember all the women and men who have served our countries in the armed forces – many of

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Patience and Persistence Pays Off!
16 Apr 2018

Patience and Persistence Pays Off!

After nine years of patience and persistence which included several postcard campaigns by a coalition of groups demanding ethically produced chocolate, there has eventually been some good news! Tim York,

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End Plastic Pollution
11 Apr 2018

End Plastic Pollution

As International Earth Day is held this month its a good time to think about taking action now to bring an end to the purchasing and use of plastics. Our increased use

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World Health Day – 7 April
07 Apr 2018

World Health Day – 7 April

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of International World Health Day. This year the World Health Organization is calling on world leaders to fulfil the pledges they made when they signed the

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Celebrate Easter – Alleluia!
31 Mar 2018

Celebrate Easter – Alleluia!

Brigidine Sisters wish their friends, associates and partners in ministry  “Happy Easter!” May we welcome Easter’s gifts of healing and light and continue to support one another to have the courage to believe in

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Palm Sunday Peace Rally for Refugees
26 Mar 2018

Palm Sunday Peace Rally for Refugees

A number of Brigidine Sisters were able to join with thousands of others on Palm Sunday in support of asylum seekers and refugees, especially those still in detention on Manus

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“Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”
25 Mar 2018

“Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”

As we move through the days of Holy Week, Brigidine Sisters invite you to join us in praying with gratitude for the generous service of each Sister and of our associates, friends and partners

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Mary McAleese’s Address on IWD
12 Mar 2018

Mary McAleese’s Address on IWD

On International Women’s Day 2018, Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, gave an inspiring address  in Rome. The address was titled  “The Time is Now for Change in the Catholic Church” and offers

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Earth Hour – 2018
12 Mar 2018

Earth Hour – 2018

Earth Hour is an annual environmental campaign that brings attention to the effects of climate change by asking people to switch off lights at homes and businesses for an hour

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St Patrick’s Day – 17 March
12 Mar 2018

St Patrick’s Day – 17 March

The Prayer of St Patrick captures the wonderful spirit that made him Ireland’s patron saint and one of the Church’s most beloved missionaries. On this Feast of St Patrick we pray for

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UN International Women’s Day – 8 March
04 Mar 2018

UN International Women’s Day – 8 March

The UN International Women’s Day is celebrated each year around the world on 8 March. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Leave no woman behind”. The following reflection guide from

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Féile Bríde 2018
04 Mar 2018

Féile Bríde 2018

Afri’s 2018 Féile Bríde took place on Saturday 3rd February in Solas Bhríde in Kildare town.  It was a rich and full day with contributions from Peadar Kirby about caring

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention – March
26 Feb 2018

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention – March

During March, Pope Francis invites all to pray “that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.” Following the example

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Palm Sunday and the Walk for Justice
22 Feb 2018

Palm Sunday and the Walk for Justice

As we move through the weeks of Lent, the following Palm Sunday Reflection offered by Brigidine Sister, Brigid Arthur csb offers a valuable resource for personal prayer and reflection or for

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First Week of Lent
18 Feb 2018

First Week of Lent

In 2015 Pope Francis said: “Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic act.” Cocoa is a key ingredient

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Afri Justice and Peace Conference
03 Feb 2018

Afri Justice and Peace Conference

This Conference on February 3, is part of the Feile Bhride events at Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare, Ireland. The chosen theme for the conference is “Light

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Happy St Brigid’s Day 2018
31 Jan 2018

Happy St Brigid’s Day 2018

On February 1 we celebrate the feast day of our Patroness, St. Brigid of Kildare (451-525) who is honoured as one of Ireland’s patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Irish hagiography

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Congratulations
27 Jan 2018

Congratulations

As part of the recent celebration of Australia Day, Brigidine Sister Sheelah Mogan, from the NSW/New Zealand Community, was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). This award was given

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Australia Day
21 Jan 2018

Australia Day

26 January is the official National Day of Australia. It’s the day which marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New

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“Hooked on Brigid”
19 Jan 2018

“Hooked on Brigid”

Brenda Kindregan, a member of the Cairde Bhride who meet monthly at the Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages in Kildare Town, had one of her articles published recently in  the Spring

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‘Overcome fear and welcome the other’
15 Jan 2018

‘Overcome fear and welcome the other’

When Pope Francis celebrated the Eucharist in St Peter’s Basilica for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 15 January,  he took the opportunity to remind us and all who had gathered that

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World Day of Peace, 2018
03 Jan 2018

World Day of Peace, 2018

Pope Francis’ recently released message for the 2018 World Day of Peace is entitled Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace. This message consists of six sections. Apart

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Feile Bride 2018
02 Jan 2018

Feile Bride 2018

The 26th Annual Feile Bride Celebration will held in Kildare Town, Co Kildare, Ireland from January 31st – February 11th. The theme of this year’s Feile is “Brigid: Flame of Justice

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Happy New Year!
31 Dec 2017

Happy New Year!

In a spirit of hope we welcome 2018 and give thanks for the gift of another new year! Each year January 1 is celebrated as the World Day of Peace – a

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UNANIMA International Update
28 Dec 2017

UNANIMA International Update

The final UNANIMA International Update, November – December 2017 contains accounts of a number of the activities and events in which the staff, interns and colleagues have been engaged in

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Celebrate Christmas!
20 Dec 2017

Celebrate Christmas!

Brigidine Sisters wish their families, friends, associates and partners in ministry around the world, peace and joy as we celebrate Christmas 2017! In this holy season we give thanks for all

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Happy Solstice!
18 Dec 2017

Happy Solstice!

As the Winter Solstice approaches in the Northern  Hemisphere, the changes all around are clear – the days have grown shorter, hours of darkness are extended, the weather is cold,

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Anti-Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 11
11 Dec 2017

Anti-Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 11

This December 2017 edition of the Stop Trafficking! newsletter sponsored by the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking highlights the vulnerability of children especially in the travel and tourism industries and makes for

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Columban Missionaries Celebrate 100 Years
05 Dec 2017

Columban Missionaries Celebrate 100 Years

Brigidine Sisters offer their congratulations to all members of the Missionary Society of St Columban as they mark the beginning of the centenary year of their mission.  In 1918 the Bishops

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Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project Newsletter
01 Dec 2017

Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project Newsletter

The Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP) is a Melbourne-based initiative of the Brigidine Sisters which aims to: • Provide hospitality and practical support for people seeking asylum; • Actively network

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Advent: Learning to Wait
29 Nov 2017

Advent: Learning to Wait

The weeks of Advent are an opportunity for spiritual renewal that begins with a deepening awareness of our longing, and lead us to a greater openness to God’s many gifts. During the coming four weeks leading

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ACRATH Calendars
28 Nov 2017

ACRATH Calendars

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans are promoting the sale of their 2018 calendar. Funds raised from the sale of these calendars support the work of ACRATH as well

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Thanksgiving Day In USA
22 Nov 2017

Thanksgiving Day In USA

Happy Thanksgiving Day to the Brigidine Sisters living and ministering in USA. We remember and give thanks for your rich story of Brigidine service and prayer in USA and pray

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First ‘World Day of the Poor’
21 Nov 2017

First ‘World Day of the Poor’

When Pope Francis opened the doors to the poor on this day he welcomed thousands of refugees, unemployed and homeless as his guests at a luncheon inside the Vatican.

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First World Day of the Poor
12 Nov 2017

First World Day of the Poor

In announcing this day to be marked each year on 19 November, Pope Francis asked that the day would become “a powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us

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Remembrance Day
11 Nov 2017

Remembrance Day

As we join people around the world in remembering the end of the First World War, we also bring to mind all who lost their lives during that war and in

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The True Cost of Our Clothes
06 Nov 2017

The True Cost of Our Clothes

Are you aware that too often the women who make our clothes are not paid enough to escape poverty? No matter how hard they work, they cannot afford basic food

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All Saints Day
31 Oct 2017

All Saints Day

This is the time each year when the Christian Community around the world celebrates every saint, known and unknown, on one single day. On this day we remember those who have

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2018 ACRATH Calendar Available
22 Oct 2017

2018 ACRATH Calendar Available

The  2018 ACRATH Calendar is now available.  This calendar: Promotes awareness of human trafficking issues Promotes ACRATH and its works Showcases some anti-trafficking work being done by a variety of

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European Day Against Human Trafficking
16 Oct 2017

European Day Against Human Trafficking

RENATE President, Imelda Poole IBVM, has been facilitating a week-long series of presentations and homilies in the UK- to mark the European Day against Human Trafficking on 18th October. Imelda has been conducting a

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16 October World Food Day
14 Oct 2017

16 October World Food Day

Events on World Food Day observed each year on 16 October promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security

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Nobel Peace Prize 2017
13 Oct 2017

Nobel Peace Prize 2017

Brigidine Sisters congratulate all involved in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on recently being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Their efforts demonstrate once again the power of

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Practical Support for Trafficked Women
12 Oct 2017

Practical Support for Trafficked Women

Each week, Brigidine Sisters Martin Jones and Geraldine Hambling attend a Craft Group in Albert Park. Recently they presented members of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) who

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Celebrating St Francis of Assisi
03 Oct 2017

Celebrating St Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226) is one of the most popular Christian saints. Across the centuries his remarkable spirit has remained a beacon of inspiration for all seeking a life of

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In Solidarity with the People of Mexico
20 Sep 2017

In Solidarity with the People of Mexico

With news of an earthquake causing significant devastation in Mexico, Brigidine Sisters are more aware than ever of the people of Mexico with whom some of our Sisters lived and worked during

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Care of People and the Earth is One
18 Sep 2017

Care of People and the Earth is One

Like many congregations of women religious today, Brigidine Sisters also have a commitment to working for ecological and social justice. A number of Brigidines are currently involved in such ministries

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Climate Change Affects Us All
14 Sep 2017

Climate Change Affects Us All

Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus around Australia have been  collecting signatures in their places of worship, schools and businesses in a forming a multi-electorate climate petition. According to the 2016 census, 60

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The Journey to 2020
09 Sep 2017

The Journey to 2020

An inaugural consultation in the early phase of the journey to the 2020 Plenary Council in the Australia Church was held at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney on 8 September.

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ACRATH Media Release
04 Sep 2017

ACRATH Media Release

ACRATH members are in readiness for a week of advocacy with Members of Parliament on behalf of trafficked and exploited people. Press release below.

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ACRATH Advocacy group meet in Canberra
04 Sep 2017

ACRATH Advocacy group meet in Canberra

Members of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) are spending this week in Canberra meeting with Members of Parliament, the staff of some embassies, the Australian Federal Police

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Pope’s Prayer Intention for September
31 Aug 2017

Pope’s Prayer Intention for September

During September Pope Francis invites us to join him in praying that our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen. During

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Message from World Day of Migrants and Refugees
23 Aug 2017

Message from World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis’ message for this World Day says that providing aid to migrants and refugees is “a great responsibility”. During his address the Pope reminds us of God’s command in Leviticus 19:34  – “You shall

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UNANIMA – Update August 2017
21 Aug 2017

UNANIMA – Update August 2017

The Brigidine Congregation is a proud and active member of UNANIMA International – a coalition of women religious committed to working for ecological and social justice. Margaret Fyfe csb is

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LCWR Looks To The Future
17 Aug 2017

LCWR Looks To The Future

Sister Teresa Maya, Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word became the President of the LCWR at the recent Conference in Orlando, Florida. Teresa Maya, a Mexican American, who went to the US as a

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International Youth Day 12 August, 2017
11 Aug 2017

International Youth Day 12 August, 2017

The theme of International Youth Day 2017 is ‘Youth Building Peace’. Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change,

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2017 LCWR Assembly
05 Aug 2017

2017 LCWR Assembly

The theme of the 2017 LCWR Assembly is, Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Transformation. The Assembly will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA from Tuesday 8 August

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6 August – Hiroshima Day
05 Aug 2017

6 August – Hiroshima Day

Hiroshima Day commemorates the day in August 1945 when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city

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Pope’s Prayer Intention for August
01 Aug 2017

Pope’s Prayer Intention for August

That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation. As we give thanks this month for the artists we know and appreciate, let’s

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UNANIMA Update July 2017
26 Jul 2017

UNANIMA Update July 2017

The first UN Oceans Conference was held in June. While many meetings on environmental sustainability have been convened at the UN over the past two years and beyond, this was

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A Call to Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem
25 Jul 2017

A Call to Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem

After days of further heightened violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces near the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, Pope Francis is calling “for moderation and

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We Remember and Celebrate
21 Jul 2017

We Remember and Celebrate

On the feast of St Mary Magdalene on 22 July we celebrate this apostle to the apostles, the one sent by Jesus to announce his resurrection in a culture where

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Helping Planet Earth
19 Jul 2017

Helping Planet Earth

At the 2016 Congregational Forum the Brigidine sisters, in solidarity with others, called for a deepening of their understanding of the inter-relatedness of factors which threaten the life and well-being

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ACRATH – June Newsletter
30 Jun 2017

ACRATH – June Newsletter

Articles in the newsletter tell of the ACRATH National Conference, the World Day of Prayer in the Parramatta Diocese, Slavery Free Chocolate, the Modern Slavery Inquiry and a Forced Marriage

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UNANIMA Update – June 2017
28 Jun 2017

UNANIMA Update – June 2017

Our colleagues at UNANIMA have been very active in the last month co-sponsoring two major events, the first being  “Climate-Induced Displacement: Realities, Rights, and Responses” and the second event the

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Climate Induced Displacement
24 Jun 2017

Climate Induced Displacement

How our changing climate is forcibly displacing millions from their homes and what we can do about it. Brochure produced by NGO Committee on Migration.

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UNANIMA update May 2017
06 Jun 2017

UNANIMA update May 2017

The May update includes articles such as a UN Commission discussion on ‘How to meet the needs of a ageing global society’, ‘Nuclear weapons ban treaty negotiations’ and more …

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Prayer for our Earth
25 May 2017

Prayer for our Earth

On the second anniversary of Pope Francis’ thought-provoking encyclical you are invited to pray the Prayer for our Earth:     All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

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Slave Labour
16 May 2017

Slave Labour

The UK Gangmasters Licensing Authority draws attention to the plight of migrant agricultural workers from Lithuania, working on farms in the UK. The injustice of human trafficking calls Brigidines to

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Stop Trafficking!  May 2017
09 May 2017

Stop Trafficking! May 2017

Stop Trafficking! is an anti trafficking newsletter sponsored by U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. The May issue reveals how people are beginning to see what was for too long

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ANDANTE  – Study Days, Albania
09 May 2017

ANDANTE – Study Days, Albania

In the first week of May, the  European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organisations (ANDANTE) held a series of Study Days in Durres, Albania, in collaboration with RENATE and the Mary

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ANZAC Day
23 Apr 2017

ANZAC Day

This National Day of Remembrance, held annually on 25 April in New Zealand and Australia, is a day on which we honour all Australians and New Zealanders who served and

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Pope Francis’ Easter Message
16 Apr 2017

Pope Francis’ Easter Message

In his 2017 Easter message, Pope Francis says, “The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: ‘Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking

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Celebrate Easter – Christ is Risen
15 Apr 2017

Celebrate Easter – Christ is Risen

Brigidine Sisters wish everyone a happy Easter: days filled with renewed hope and joy. At this time in our fractured world and church, may we have eyes to see the transforming

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Holy Week
07 Apr 2017

Holy Week

During this most holy week in the liturgical calendar, we set aside sacred time to meditate, pray, reflect, deepen your understanding, and draw nearer to God. Each step along the way we

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Climate Change: A Call to Repentance
07 Apr 2017

Climate Change: A Call to Repentance

These final days of Lent for 2017 bring an invitation to spend some time recalling what John Surette SJ calls “the overarching issue of our time” – the catastrophic effects of climate change and the

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Fifth Week of Lent
31 Mar 2017

Fifth Week of Lent

Last week we reflected on Jesus giving sight to the man born blind and our own need to be healed of any blindness which keeps us from truly recognizing God’s gifts  to us

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JPIC Conference, Cambridge UK
31 Mar 2017

JPIC Conference, Cambridge UK

Throughout this recent Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Conference, the message from Professor Tina Beattie was one of hope – ie living today that which makes tomorrow better! The conference explored

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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