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This section of the Vocations Ireland website offers stories of those who discerned their vocation and answered God's call. We hope you'll find it will be both informative and inspiring.
This is the Spiritan Asylum Initiative situated in the heart of Dublin is a service which unfortunately has grown more and more over the years and is probably at its busiest time ever. I say unfortunately not because of the wonderful work being carried out but because the need for this service has grown as a result of war and torture inflicted on so many human beings today. This service was started by the Spiritan’s and is the only specialist centre in Ireland for the care and rehabilitation of survivors of torture and severe trauma. Here we see Religious and lay professionals working together to provide holistic care.
Religious in Ireland
In Ireland the Religious are ministering to the refugees and migrants offering help and support in every aspect of their lives.
They are working in hotels where some of the refugees are placed as well as working with the homeless of Ireland also placed in hotels because of lack of housing.
A Dominican story
The Dominican Sisters mission in Iraq is one of presence & support. There is so much bombing and destruction around that they found the most important help that was needed was to support the women buying nappies and milk for the babies. For the men they find it important to be with them, listen to them and hold their anger. The men are so frustrated and angry at being unable to keep their women and children safe. A very difficult and painful mission but one where “prayer and presence” is so important.