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26/06/2017
FIRST WORLD DAY OF THE POOR 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 19 November 2017 Let us love, not with words but with deeds 1. “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” ( 1 Jn 3:18). These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard... Read more
26/06/2017
In 1998 June, then was my Provincial, Sr.SophieBastiampillai, asked me to go to Kilinochchi to work with the people with disability, helping Sr. Lourdes Joseph. I was so happy and I joined the work. In 2001 September I was sent to University College London to get the Diploma in Community Disability... Read more
26/06/2017
As we are preparing for the meeting of the 7 th Regional Convention of the Lay Associates of Asia in Sri Lanka, September 2 th 6 th part of which will be the revision of the Statutes of the Lay Associates which were formerly given to them throughout the Family in 1992. Some of our sisters met in... Read more
26/06/2017
This was the very special day when Sr. Rose Devlin, who was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) received her shining insignia in person from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. She was accompanied by Sr. Catriona Gore of the Magherafelt community. They were warmly welcomed by the... Read more
13/04/2017
A Blessed Triduum! These “holy” days we contemplate the mystery of God’s LOVE, God’s self-gift in Jesus. This is holiness and “real holiness doesn’t feel like holiness; it just feels like you’re dying. It feels like you’re losing it. And you are! Every time you love someone, you have agreed for a... Read more
06/04/2017
Tracing Rwanda's highs and lows as it moves beyond history's shadow They call Rwanda "The Land of a Thousand Hills." Small mountains and knolls blanket this tiny country, from north to south and east to west. No matter where you stand, your feet are never on level ground — you are always either... Read more
03/04/2017
The Sister Ann Mary (SAM) Trust – named after Sister Ann Mary Carolissen – is a Public Benefit Organisation formed by a group of her former pupils to honour her legacy by continuing the work she did at St. Augustine’s Primary School, Durban. The trust was founded on the premise that young boys and... Read more
03/04/2017
Their Legacy lives on…. Dear Sr Joy, When our dear aunt, Sister Bernadette Boulle, passed away in April of 2012, we, her nieces and nephews, explored various possibilities as to how best to honour her memory. Because Bernadette had worked so hard to establish soup kitchens and feeding outlets in... Read more
28/03/2017
Indian Unit - Ramanakkapeta Holy Family Tailoring Centre organised valedictory celebration for the young school dropout women on 18th of March 2017. There were forty students enrolled, received tailoring skills training and received the certificates. Among them fifteen of the unmarried poor young... Read more
27/03/2017
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IN ITALY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY OF ROME Friday, 24 March 2017 Distinguished Guests, I thank you for your presence here tonight, on the eve of the sixtieth anniversary... Read more
21/03/2017
On November 20, the contemplative community celebrated the 50th anniversary of its return to The Solitude. Three Sisters who lived through that event share the joy of the experience. Sr. Teresa describes the return to The Solitude. The community of Sainte Hélène was delighted when Sr. Claire Julien... Read more
28/02/2017
Headlines such as Nun’s work for peace brings her MBE award and Former Ballinascreen nun receives MBE stood out boldly on local newspapers in Ulster early in the year when the New Year Honours List was published in 2017. The nun in question is Holy Family Sister Rose Devlin, currently a member of... Read more
06/02/2017
WHAT IS TRAFFICKING? An accepted international definition of trafficking is found in the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children supplementing the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime which says: "Trafficking in persons" shall... Read more
18/01/2017
THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY and throughout the year 2017 Reconciliation The Love of Christ Compels Us (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20) The search for unity: throughout the year The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January. Those... Read more
10/01/2017
Nearly 250,000 modern slaves in SA according to the Global Slavery Index. The Global Slavery Index examined practices such as forced labour, human trafficking, debt bondage, child exploitation and forced marriage, and placed SA in the 27th spot, with Trindad and Tobago. The research in South Africa... Read more
17/11/2016
Pope Francis Meets Ex-Priests in Gesture of Mercy By Josephine McKenna, Religion News Service 11-14-2016 Pope Francis on [Nov. 11] made a surprise visit to meet several men who took the controversial step of leaving the priesthood and starting a family. A Vatican statement said the pope left his... Read more
17/11/2016
Sri Lanka Catholics to take concrete actions during the last month of the Jubilee by Melani Manel Perera About a thousand Holy Family members discussed love and mercy, setting up various groups, each suggesting initiatives like not marginalising classmates, organising Masses for the sick, and... Read more
30/09/2016
My participation in the WYD For the first time in my life I participated in the World Youth Day. It was a very special event that will be forever etched in my memory. I'm glad that it took place in Poland because, in this way, many young Poles could participate. Otherwise, the costs for many of... Read more
23/09/2016
Saint Paul, in his letter to the Romans, wrote "... in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Yes, it is true, God never stops loving and once he has chosen, he chooses forever; he renews his choice with his grace, mercy and fidelity... Read more
02/09/2016
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION 1 SEPTEMBER 2016 Show Mercy to our Common Home United with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and with the support of other Churches and Christian communities, the Catholic Church today... Read more