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.
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.