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.
On 30th September 2018, our team of four took up the challenge to ‘Go the Distance’ by walking 10km for the charity Turning Tides, whose aim is to end local homelessness. Rose, Susan, Clare and Helen represented the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton among the 130+ participants who warmed up at the starting point in Beach House grounds, Worthing.
With encouraging words from the Mayor of Worthing and John Holmstrom, the Chief Executive of the charity, they were sent off along the sea front.
They were blessed with perfect sunny weather to enjoy the beautiful sea view all the way to the 5km point where they turned around and headed back to the start.
On completing the distance together, they were delighted to receive a medal and certificate each, but much happier to have contributed to the work of turning the tides for homeless people in the area.
The Sisters would like to thank everyone who sponsored and supported them on their journey. Thanks to so many generous contributions, they raised over 1000.00 pounds.
In November 2018, Sister Attracta celebrated her graduation in Adult Nursing with her group from Worthing Hospital. We thank God and congratulate Sister on her three years of hard work and perseverance in studies leading to this achievement.
On Saturday 24th February 2018, Sisters Anne, McLaughlin, Rose and Clare Bernadette took part in a sponsored sleep out in Littlehampton in aid of Worthing Churches Homeless projects. The total raised by the Sisters was around £2,400. Many thanks to all who have supported them.
On 8th September the annual reunion in St. Joseph’s Convent of those raised in St. Joseph’s as children took place, beginning with Mass celebrated by Canon Seamus Hester, followed by lunch. In the afternoon we enjoyed videos of the old days and entertainment by the newer Sisters. We look forward to welcoming our ‘old boys and girls’ again at the next reunion on 14th September 2019.
The Friendship Singers will be performing a summer concert in St. Joseph’s Convent Chapel on 3rd July 2019 at 7.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection for UNICEF. All welcome – we hope to see you there!
At the end of our General Chapter on 12th May a new Marian grotto in the convent grounds was blessed and dedicated by Fr. David Blowey OFM Conv during Evening Prayer.
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