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Daughters of Charity (D.C.) The Daughters of Charity are an international community of apostolic life.
Founded by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac in 1633 in France, they first came to Ireland in 1855
when the country was still recovering from the effects of
the Famine. Today the Irish Province of the Daughters
of Charity comprises 27 houses across the country and
five in Kenya. The Irish Province also fostered the growth
of the now thriving Province of Nigeria. In addition 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;
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Dominican Contemplatives (O.P.) 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; email@example.com; d o-
minicannuns.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:
healthcare, 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.
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. Francis 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. 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,
America, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.fmsa.net. More at
Little Company of Mary (L.C.M.) 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; unaboland@
yahoo.ie; www.lcm.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Medical Missionaries of Mary (M.M.M.) 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.mmmworld wide.org. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit
(S.Sp.S.) We find our prayer time with Jesus a sustaining source of joy and strength. We live in international
communities and are ready to serve anywhere in the
world. We see all missionary activity as the work of
the Holy Spirit and place ourselves under his guidance. We believe that “Missionaries are ambassadors of
divine love. They are to reveal the great deeds of God
and establish the kingdom of divine love”, St. Arnold
Janssen (Founder). We try to adapt to the culture
of the people among whom we live. We are 3,100
sisters working in 50 countries around the world.
Contact: Sr. Carmen Lee S.Sp.S., 143 Philipsburgh
Avenue, Fairview, Dublin 3; eng.com@worldssps.
org; www.sspsei.org. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles
(O.L.A.) 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: crowleyola@yahoo.
com; www.olaireland.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Presentation Sisters (I.B.V.M.), North East We
Three hundred years ago, our foundress, Nano Nagle
was born in Ireland. Her global vision and creative
endeavours have led to her legacy inspiring compassionate Gospel services around the globe today. We
are a community of women whose lives are rooted in
stillness and contemplation that enables us to develop
caring and meaningful relationships in education, community outreach, innovative justice interventions, and
international missionary service. We are committed to
living sustainably and to promoting justice, peace, and
nonviolence in all settings where we form community.
Inspired by the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, we
seek to be heart-centered women, developing caring and
meaningful relationships especially with those who are
poor, marginalised or voiceless. We invite women, single
or single-again, ages 25-50, who desire to experience a
dynamic, global community to contact Sr. Bernadette
Flanagan P.B.V.M., Acorn Centre, Warrenmount,
Blackpitts, Dublin 8; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.
presentationsistersne.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
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Poor Clares (P.C.C.) 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,