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Sr. Lucy

I come from Co. Offaly. I grew up on a farm near the Blueball and attended Coolanarney National School. I attended the Presentation Convent, Rahan and St Joseph of Cluny Boarding School in Ferbane for my Secondary education. After studying and receiving a Diploma in Theology from St Patrick’s College Maynooth I decided to travel to New York.

I lived in New York for a few years and taught in the Bronx and Queens. When I returned home in 2001 I worked as a teacher in Dublin and Offaly. I also worked as an Educational Welfare Officer visiting schools and homes. I loved the work reaching out to the children who were not in school and trying to integrate them again into school. I worked closely with about 40 schools in the North Inner City and Northside of Dublin.

The Redemptoristines came into my life while I was studying for a Master’s Degree in Religious Education for Primary Schools in Mater Dei Institute of Education in 2004. I responded to the restlessness within me for many years, and entered in May 2006. I am at peace and very happy in my life in the monastery. I work in our new Faith Centre welcoming many school who bring their classes on retreat and many parishes who use the Faith Centre as well. I also look after our Retreat Centre where people come on retreat and join us for prayer. I play the Zither for the Divine Office, write Icons, study for a Degree in Theology to name but a few of the activities.

The life I choose is very balanced. I go most mornings for a 20 minute walk after breakfast. In the afternoon I go on the bike in the grounds and I work-out in the gym in the monastery as well. Life is centred around the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office), the Eucharist, private Prayer, contemplation and work to keep the balance. I had my First Profession on the 21st February, 2009. I love a good book (preferably a murder) and friends give us a DVD now and then. There is time for relaxation and recreation with the community as well.

Sr. Maura

I come from a small village called Springlawn in MountBellew, Co Galway. From there my Primary school education brought me to the Mercy Convent in Tuam for Secondary education. Since then my journey has led me on a winding road of self-knowledge. The treasured road I travelled to this monastery is paved with youthful, innocent and worldly desires which to this day still bring tears and smiles to my face. I spent some years working in England and furthering my education there via college. I returned to Ireland and worked for the Eastern Health Board and continuing along my treasured road I embarked on a journey of self-discovery as I commenced working for the Mater Hospital, not too far from this monastery. It was here that I finally stopped rushing and racing to the pace of this world and started to listen to God’s call and how I should serve others. We are all called to something and somewhere, but through listening attentively I found the directions easier to come upon.

I felt called to the Redemptoristines in 2005 and I entered on the 21st September, which I thank God for. As Redemptoristines we are called to be witnesses, a living memorial of Christ, and I found this to be where I could serve God and others best. Our life of prayer extends beyond the obvious forms to a ceaseless prayer of doing all with and in God. For example, I have received my diploma in Theology and am currently studying for my degree.  I have written icons on occasion and make cards and I have learned to play the flute. I enjoy many other activities also whether it’s going for a peaceful walk or playing a competitive game of scrabble. I have wonderful Sisters in community and a wonderful relationship, thank God, with my family and I get a great sense of comfort in the fact that they are happy about my contemplative form of life. On the 6th August 2011, I took my Solemn Vows as a religious and am still continuing on along my ‘treasured road’.

Sr. Monica

I come from Co. Meath and I entered the Monastery on the 12th January 2008. I work in the Altar Breads and help in other areas of the Monastery when needed. I am studying, I enjoy reading and walking in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Gabrielle, Prioress

Born in Co. Tipperary in the valley between the Galtee and Knockmeldown mountains of farming stock, which instilled an appreciation of nature in me. The youngest of four children I enjoyed a normal upbringing with lots of love and affection from family and neighbours.

The village of Ballylooby where I attended the National school consisted of the Parish Church, three pubs, a post office that doubled as a sweet shop, creamery and Garda station. While attending the Mercy Convent in Carrick-On-Suir I felt drawn to a life of total dedication to God and on hearing about the Redemptoristines I was immediately struck by the vision of becoming part of this great work of redemption for all people. This has been my inspiration and the Holy Redeemer has been the source and object of my joy and love over the years.

We are encouraged to develop our talents and interests in community. I love music and play the organ and zither for liturgy. Reading is a great relaxation for me and I am also completing a distance learning theology degree course that is immensely enriching. Art, colour and other creative things bring to me the vibrancy of life.

The longest journey that any person can make is from the head to the heart and this has been the great challenge of my monastic life since it is there that I experience God and am enabled to make this divine life fruitful for humanity. It is fulfilling, valuable and fills me with a radiance that has to be experienced to be believed.The journey to realising a vocation is different for everyone. Here we share some of our stories.

 

Sr Mary Margaret

The journey to realising a vocation is different for everyone.

A glimpse into the life of Sr Mary Margaret, Redemptoristine.

 I was born in Marlborough Street, Dublin on the 22nd July 1933, baptised and mademy First Holy Communion and received Confirmation in the Pro-Cathedral.

 Our family did not have much of this worlds goods especially during the war but one thing that we did have in abundance was happiness and love.

A memory that stands out in my childhood that happened when I was about six years old and probably up to mischief in the classroom, the teacher said to me ‘the devil is in you’. I was very upset and afraid.  Using the unfortunate prevalent imagery of the time one of my small companions said to me ‘not at all – if the devil was in you, you would be black’.  When I looked at myself, there was no black. Peace was restored.  How children can help one another.

Leaving Marlborough Street School I went to the Dominican Convent in Cabra as we had moved to live in Cabra West.  It was quite a change being taught by nuns!  These were uneventful years.  When I was fourteen I joined the Legion of Mary.  That was the beginning of my search for Religious Life.  The hidden life of our Lord attracted me and consequently felt that the Contemplative Life mirrored this in a special way. The question remained where best to live out this ideal?

I visited the Carmelite Nuns in Kilmacud and thought that maybe this would be the place, but I was not sure.  My confessor sent me to visit the Redemptoristines in Drumcondra.  Upon entering the hall door I knew this was where God wanted me to be.  The nuns struck me as of being of another world, the colour of their habits, everything about them spoke of a mystical realm for which I longed.

I was not of the required age for entrance however and the Nuns were reluctant to take me but eventually prayer won the day.  When I talked everything out with my parents they were very supportive, placed no obstacle in my way and stood by me. On the other hand people accused me of being selfish, only wanting what I wanted.  It is with eternal gratitude that I remember my wonderful faith filled parents.

I entered the Redemptoristine Monastery on the 24th September 1950 aged 17 years and begun my journey of Religious Life.  The early years were not easy. We arose at 4.30am and lacked many facilities, for example, there no heating in the monastery but no one complained.  It was all part of the daily giving.  There was a strong emphasis on keeping the rule and striving for holiness.  There were certainly very holy sisters in the community and each one striving to give of her best and accepting the daily challenge.  The main emphasis was the living out of our charism, that is, to be a living memory of Christ for each other and also to hold the needs of the world in our heart in prayer.  We gave time to the study of scripture.  The gospel values became the mainstream of our lives striving to become Christ for one another – bringing a very happy and healthy atmosphere into our community living.  After Vatican II many things changed slowly but surely!

We make Altar Breads as a service to the Church and we rely on all the parishes who support us by purchasing them.  The prayer and work that goes into making the hosts by each sister is something we cherish; and it is for the continuation of our life and the financial upkeep of the Monastery.

We have several young sisters and they have great respect for the older sisters and they in turn have great appreciation of the young sisters.

Having lived of 63 years in God’s house, I am in deep peace, profoundly grateful to God for all the graces and blessings of these years.  There have been joys and sorrows along the way, but God’s grace was always there to uphold me.

As I said earlier, my deepest gratitude to my parents who made it possible for me, and my confessor who blessed me and encouraged me.

Sr Mary Margaret as a Novice and celebrating her Golden Jubilee.

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