From 2nd to 5th December, Msgr. Michael Jackson led us in three days (Triduum) of Advent reflection at St. Joseph’s, Littlehampton. At the end of this spiritually enriching retreat, on 5th December, we celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Sister Elizabeth Morris with Mass and lunch. Sister Elizabeth received a Papal blessing in honour of her 25 years of consecrated life.
We praise and thank God for Sister Elizabeth’s twenty five years of religious consecration in the FMSL. Congratulations Sister Elizabeth!
From her home country Nigeria, Helen had journeyed with the FMSL since 2015 by correspondence. She also visited our Sister Patricia on her home holiday in Nigeria. In 2018, Helen was invited to ‘Come and see’ our communities in England. She arrived at Heathrow airport in July 2018 and was met by Sisters Marcellina and Clare Bernadette.
After some months, Helen applied to become a Postulant. She was admitted to Postulancy during Evening Prayer in St. Joseph’s Convent on Sunday 25th November, Feast of Christ the King. We thank God for this blessing.
Helen will visit our Community in Ireland during February to March 2019. Please remember her in your prayers as she continues her vocational journey with the FMSL.
We were blessed to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Sister Benignus’ Religious Profession on 21st November in Knock Community. Sisters Dominic, Rose and Clare Bernadette were among the guests who attended. Father Terence OFM Cap presided for the Jubilee Mass in the Convent chapel. After Mass, Sister Clare Bernadette presented Sr. Benignus with a Papal Blessing. A festive meal followed the Mass. We thank God for Sr. Benignus’ wonderful achievement of seventy years of life consecrated in God’s service.
Sisters in the UK celebrated with Sister Benignus earlier in the year during a Congregation Day.
Monday 17 December 2018 the Barn Choir raised (with donations) £500.00 for The Red Cross appeal for the Rohingya refugee crisis. Sisters Rose and Clare Bernadette were among the choir’s new members. Thank you to the musical director David Rudling, to all who gave of their time and talents in this cause and all who came and supported the event. If you are a singer, do consider adding your voice to the choir for the summer concert. It is an immensely enjoyable experience and the more of us, the better. Rehearsals for the summer concert begin in February 2019. Sr. Clare Bernadette
Sister Francis Xavier McNally FMSL passed away in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home on 7th October 2018. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Convent chapel on 31st October. Fr. Tony Baya OFM celebrated the Mass together with Canon Seamus Hester, Fr. Carl Davies, Fr. Albert Van-Der-Most and Fr. David Russel. Many members of Sister’s family attended. Continue reading “Sr. Francis Xavier R.I.P.”
On 20th May, 2017, Sister Clare Bernadette took part in a sponsored skydive in aid of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects at Netheravon airfield near Salisbury. Sisters Elizabeth Varghese, Clare Bowers and Rose with Fr. Anthony McNeil, plus fundraising supporter Alex Mason went along to observe. After a successful jump and landing, the sponsorship funds totalled more than £2,000. Thanks to all who contributed and supported this venture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCxxhPMuSXE
On 14th September, Suman and Fatima were admitted to the stage of Postulancy in a simple ceremony during Evening Prayer in St Francis Convent, Mysore. The word ‘postulant’ is from the Latin ‘postulare’ meaning ‘to ask’. For some time, Suman and Fatima have come to see and experience life in the community. Their progression to Postulancy means they are now asking to join. This stage lasts for 6 to 12 months.
Manju was admitted to Postulancy on 25th January 2019, Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, in a simple ceremony led by Sister Clare Bernadette, Mother General, who was visiting from England. Sister Susan, General Councillor was also present. Manju was presented with the Tau Cross, a Biblical symbol which Saint Francis adopted to represent the Cross and salvation. She also received a Bible and a replica of the Crucifix of San Damiano, which spoke to St. Francis during his early conversion saying, ‘Repair my house, which has fallen into ruins.’ Please remember Suman, Fatima and Manju in your prayers as they continue their journeys of discernment with the FMSL.
Sister Mary Augustine Salter FMSL passed away on the Feast of St. Bonaventure 15th July 2017, aged ninety seven in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home. She had celebrated silver, gold, diamond and platinum jubilees of Religious profession. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Convent on 27thJuly,.attendedby members of her family from Ireland. A rare treasure of the FMSL Congregation – may she rest in God’s peace.
We thank God that Sisters Marcellina Imoh and Patricia Irogementi FMSL made first profession of vows on 2nd August 2017 in St. Joseph’s Convent Chapel. The Sisters professed their vows of poverty chastity and obedience during Mass in St. Joseph’s convent chapel. The main celebrant was Father Donal Walsh OFM. Members of the Sisters’ families attended the Mass and celebratory lunch in the convent. Their vows will be renewed annually for a period of five years before final profession. Later in the year, the Sisters were able to visit their home country of Nigeria. We congratulate the Sisters and ask you to remember them in your prayers, that God will continue to bless and guide them in their vocations.