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COMMUNITIES IN IRELAND
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We approach the people of God with Reverenceso
that together we may grow in the fullness of the
Gospel. We currently have members in Uganda,
Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Amer-
ica, Ireland, Scotland, and England. Africa has
always been the major focus for our work, but
wherever we are, we have a particular concern
for the most needy and marginalized members
of society. Contact: Sr. Felicia Matola, F.M.S.A.,
142 Raheny Road, Raheny, Dublin 5, Ireland;
email@example.com; www.fmsa.net. More at
tion to Kenya Irish sisters are also on mission in
Nigeria and Ethiopia. Worldwide there are about
18,832 Daughters of Charity in some 91 countries
in all five continents. We have special relationship
with the other Vincentian organizations, whose
members live their commitment in the tradition
of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac.
Contact: Sr. Carmel Ryan, D.C., St. Catherine’s
Provincial House, Dunardagh, Blackrock, Co.
Dublin; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.daugh-
tersofcharity.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
cis of Assisi, our vocation is be women of faith,
consecrated to God in a community of love, joy,
and simplicity. Impelled by the love of Christ, we
are ready to be sent on mission. We respond with
courage and zeal to the real needs of God’s people.
Dominican Contemplatives (O.P.), Ireland
Being nuns of the Order of Preachers means that we
belong to the worldwide Dominican Family – Friars, Nuns, Sisters, Laity – who try to centre their
lives on the Word of God. While the Dominican
friars, sisters, and laity preach the name of the
Lord Jesus throughout the world, the nuns seek,
ponder, and call upon Him in solitude – so that the
word proceeding from the mouth of God may not
return to Him empty, but may accomplish those
things for which it was sent. We try to follow the
example of St. Dominic who was always joyful,
kind, compassionate, and a pleasant companion.
Mindful that all growth in love is mysteriously
fruitful for the growth of the whole people of God,
we make Dominic’s constant prayer for the gift
of true love our own. Contact: Sr. Breda Carroll,
O.P., Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena, The
Twenties, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland; siena33@
eircom.net; www.dominicannuns.ie/. More at
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles
(O.L.A.), Ireland We are contemplatives in action:
finding God in all things and all things in God. We
joyfully consecrate our lives to God for the proclamation of the Gospel. We work in 19 countries across
three continents and take part directly in the mission
of the Church by working for the construction of a
new world according to God’s plan, particularly in
Africa. Our ministries include education, health,
development, inter-religious dialogue, and pastoral
care. Promoting women, children, and the marginalized is a priority in all we do. In solidarity with like-minded people, we engage in nonviolent action for
justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. We invite
young women who feel that God may be calling them
to be a missionary sister to have the courage and faith
to answer that call and become an O.L.A. Contact:
Sr. Mary Crowley, O.L.A.; email@example.com;
www.olaireland.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Motherhood (F.M.D.M.) Our presence in Ireland began
in 1942 when we established a community in
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and opened Portiuncula
Hospital which we ran for years before handing it
over to the Western Health Board. Today we have
11 communities in Dublin, Ballinasloe, Killarney
and Drogheda. We also have Irish sisters all over
the world as they have responded to the missionary
call to serve wherever they are sent. Our sisters come
from many different countries and backgrounds.
We have more than 300 sisters serving in our richly
diverse and multicultural communities. Areas of
Ministry: health care, retreat work, justice and peace,
pastoral care, parish work, care of the elderly and
needy in society. Countries of Service: Ladywell,
England / Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Malaysia /
Singapore, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Italy. Contact: Sr. Brid O’Sullivan, F.M.D.M.; ‘Assisi,’ Harbour
Road, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway; bridmos@eircom.
net; www.imu.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Little Company of Mary (L.C.M.), Ireland Founded in England in 1877 by Venerable
Mary Potter, the first Irish community of the
Little Company of Mary was formed in 1888 with
the opening of St. John’s Hospital in Limerick.
From the beginning, Irish women committed
themselves to the vision of the founder and have
sought to create a world in which every human
person receives the care and love they need to
become whole in body, mind, and spirit. Prayer
and care for the sick and dying permeates all
our ministries. The sisters today are involved in
many different ministries, all of them grounded in
prayer, community, and Marian spirituality. Life
in the L.C.M. brings happiness and fulfillment as
well as challenges, adventure, and encounters with
other cultures. The diversity of our backgrounds,
cultures, and talents enriches the whole congregation. Contact: Sr. Una Boland, L.C.M., Lima, College Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork; u naboland@yahoo.
ie; www.lcm.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Poor Clares (P.C.C.), Ireland We are a community of enclosed contemplative Sisters, in the
heart of Cork city. We strive to live the Gospel
way of life, to be a spiritual support to all people
in any kind of need, including those who call or
write. We endeavor to live our Eucharistic liturgy in a spirit of constant adoration, reparation,
intercession, and thanksgiving to God, helped
by the inspiration of St. Clare. If you believe
God is calling you to the life of a Poor Clare,
we encourage you to begin praying regularly,
attending Sunday Mass, receiving the sacrament
of Reconciliation, and striving sincerely to live a
good Christian life. An aptitude to live in community and a love of such Franciscan qualities as
simplicity, poverty, and joy are essential. A sense
of humor is a great asset too! Contact: Sr. Francis
Walsh, P.C.C., College Road, Cork, Ireland; firstname.lastname@example.org; poor-clares.
com/home-cork. More at VocationsIreland.com.
COMMUNITIES IN IRELAND
Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa
(F.M.S.A.) The Franciscan Missionary Sisters for
Africa is an international missionary congregation founded by Teresa Kearney, more commonly
known as Mother Kevin or Mama Kevina. As
members of the Third Order Regular of St. Fran-
Medical Missionaries of Mary (M.M.M.),
Ireland We are an international congregation of
women religious, founded by Mother Mary Martin
in Nigeria, in 1937. Desiring to share Christ’s healing
love, we bring health services to people of different
cultures where human needs are great. MMMs are
serving in 14 countries around the world, including our newest mission in the Republic of South
Sudan. Sisters are trained in a variety of health-related professions. With Mary as our model, our
special concern is the care of mother and child
and the fostering of family life. In a world deeply
and violently divided, we are women on fire with
the healing love of God. Engaging our own pain
and vulnerability, we go to peoples of different
cultures, where human needs are greatest. Our
belief in the inter-relatedness of God’s creation
urges us to embrace holistic healing and to work for
reconciliation, justice and peace. Contact: Sr. Rita
Kelly, M.M.M.; email@example.com; www.
mmmworldwide.org. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Poor Servants of the Mother of God (S.M.G.),
Ireland We are an international congregation of
Catholic Sisters founded in 1872 by Frances Taylor.
We continue her vision of being Christ-bearers—in
honor of Mary, Mother of God—through our work
in a wide range of ministries and services. Our
foundress Frances Taylor served with Florence
Nightingale in the Crimea before forming the Congregation. Mother Magdalen, as she became known,
was captivated by the wonder of the Incarnation,
that God should share the joy and pain of being
human. She believed that this challenged each of
us to respect every human person and to reach
out to the most vulnerable as servants to enable
them to be happy and fulfilled. The Poor Servants
of the Mother of God provide services in the fields
of social care, health care, education, pastoral care,
spiritual development, chaplaincy, and catechetics,
as well as collaborative projects with other providers.
Contact: Sr. Mary Fahy, S.M.G.; firstname.lastname@example.org;
poorservants.org.uk. More at VocationsIreland.com.