Celebrating World Day for Religious 2015 UK Ireland
In this special Year for Consecrated Life celebrations took place on or near 2nd February for consecrated religious when Ursulines of Jesus celebrated with their religious brothers and sisters.
Representatives from nearly 100 women's religious communities in the diocese of Westminster, attended a solemn Mass in Westminster Cathedral where the principal celebrant was Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Among them were Sisters who were celebrating their 25th, 50th and 60th Jubilee Anniversaries, including our 3 UJ Sisters, Sisters Ellen Corbett, Winifred Quinlan and Kathleen Roberts. During the Archbishop's homily he spoke about the gift of community living. He encouraged us to give thanks for the past, to live the present with passion and embrace the future with hope and trust. After the Mass we all enjoyed a lovely hot meal in the Cathedral Hall where friendships were renewed.
Sr Ellen, jubilarian meets Cardinal Nichols
Generosity and compassion was the theme of Archbishop Diarmuid’s words to the religious gathered in Dublin. Being a generous person is part of being a true human being. There will always be something lacking in the make- up of any human person who fails to be generous. The evangelical counsels must leave one free to be generous and compassionate and they find their true meaning only when they result in someone who becomes generous and compassionate because they identify with Jesus who is compassionate. Religious must never be conformists. But it is important to remember that the opposite of conformity is not doing your own thing; it is being free to discover Jesus, to imitate Jesus and become his imitators in his compassion and generosity.
Religious celebrate in Dublin
The Conference of Religious for Scotland invited all the religious of Scotland and their bishops to gather in St. Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh, where religious had first returned after the Reformation.Bishop Hugh Gilbert encouraged us to be cheerful bearers of Christ, the light of the world.
"Let us not lose sight of Jesus," he said, "Christ be our light! Mary is the 'Deipara', the God-bearer, and the word ‘bear’ also means produce, give birth to. It will be in the measure we bear Jesus in this sense that we will be bearers of the light. ‘Sadness’, Pope Francis has said, ‘comes from not being a father or mother’. Let us be bearers and foster-ers of Christ, Christ destined to rise in hearts and thoughts."
Celebration in Edinburgh St Margaret’s Chapel
A candle, a tree and a message from Pope Francis, to be, “joyful and to wake up the world,” were the expressions and symbols of life, joyful hope and witness shared by the Religious in the Diocese of Menevia. The highlight of the day was the richness and joy experienced as one person from each congregation shared their history and charism. The pride and joy in the sharing and a sense of belonging really became tangible when, after a time of quiet reflection each sister shared a word which gave expression to their Charism, example: adoration, contemplation, caring, mission. These words became ‘leaves on a family tree,’ which along with a special candle will now pass through each congregation during the year, giving a sense of unity, presence and support. We the UJ’s were the first to take the tree and the candle home to Stella Maris, where it was part of our own celebration In Stella Maris when all the sisters from the local UJ communities came together for a celebration of prayer, tea and chat!
Stella Maris Community receive the tree