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Sr Marie Dunne CHF writes: This is a new hymn to Saint Joseph I composed it in honour of the special year. I launched it in St. Joseph’s parish Bonnybrook last Sunday for Vocation Sunday. I was inspired by Pope Francis’ homily for Vocation Sunday which focuses on Joseph.
A short video for Vocations Sunday
A short video prepared for Good Shepherd Sunday.
We wanted to share our most recent video on one of our sisters. She has a great vocation story. Please listen and enjoy.
Vocations Sunday 2019
Out and About on Vocations Week
Net Team Vocations Week
Vocations Week with Fr. Colm O’Mahoney
Angie Escarsa – Columban Lay Missionary
“My vocation as a Columban Lay Missionary is like a surprise from God”
Originally from the Phillipines, Angie Escarsa describes her life as a Columban Lay Missionary and how she came to join the congregation. She describes working with people in her parish in Ballymun, Dublin and how she manages to balance work and life.
Anne-Marie Whelan – Evangelisation & Vocations Officer
“Different people have a different calling, it’s important for people to build up a relationship with God first of all. Then and only then can they know what God wants them to do with their life.”
Anne Marie Whelan talks about her work as “Evangelisation & Vocations Officer” for the Sisters of Bon Secours as well as the history of and charism of that order. She also offers advice for young people who are growing in their faith and seeking a religious vocation.
Br. Ronan Lennon – Order of St. John of God
God calls us using our strengths and skills and interests. Replying to a vocation to be a brother or a sister, to be single or married, I believe, is “where in life will I be fulfilled and content?”
Brother Ronan Lennon talks about his youth and attending secondary school run by the Brother’s of the St. John of God where a brother inspired to him to want to work with the sick, poor and marginalised.
Sr. Éibhlís NicUaithuas – Daughters of Charity
Religious life in any age is important. We pray and we pray for the people. It’s very much a prayer that incorporates the world.
Sister Éibhlís NicUathathais tells her story and the history of the Sisters of the Poor of St. Vincent de Paul as well as their purpose and work.
Fr. Colm O’Mahony – Augustinians
Vocations are important because I think we have an essential role in the world. God speaks to people always and He calls people forward always.
Father Colm O’Mahoney talks about his life growing up and how came to join the order of the Augustinians after deciding that he did not want to be a secular diocesan priest. He then describes how the charism of the Augustinians is one of community and what that entails. He also talks about the importance of vocations and how you can best find yours.
Fr. Ruben Padilla – Comboni Missionaries
The favourite part of my religious life is the relationship I have with God. Religion means to be attached to God. Without Him religious life doesn’t mean anything.
Father Ruben Padilla, who hails from Mexico, tells of how he joined the Comboni Missionaries and where and why the congregation was founded. He describes the missionary purpose of the Combonis and his work in Eritrea, Africa. He also describes his hobbies and interests in music and sport.
Fr. Willie Purcell – National Coordinator of Vocations in Ireland
This is a great time to be a Catholic and a great time to be a priest in Ireland. Simply because, never before have we needed young men and women who will stand up for the truth and stand up for what they believe is right. It is countercultural. It is a counter-sign of the county, the culture and society we are living in.
Fr. Willie Purcell is diocesan priest in the Diocese of Ossuary located in County Kilkenny and is also the National Coordinator for Vocations in Ireland. In this video he explains the difference between a diocesan and religious priest and why he chose one over the other. He also talks about why it’s a great time to be a priest in Ireland today and how God has a plan for all of us.
Sr. Sheila Curran – Sisters of Mercy
I suppose I was attracted to give my life in the service of mission of the Gospel and for me that was always to be on the side of those who were on the margins.
Sister Sheila Curran, from Letterkenny, Donegal, explains how the Sisters of Mercy were founded to work with the poor, the sick, the uneducated and she came to join them over 30 years ago.
Sr. Helen O’Sullivan – Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions
The advice I would give to young people is to follow what you know instinctively in yourself is good for you. I wonder if some young people follow each other. Be your best self and keep searching. Keep searching for God and searching for what is right and good because the Lord will help you find it.
Sister Helen O’Sullivan of Our Lady of the Missions talks about how her call to religious life first came to her in school as a teenager and how it persisted until she answered the call in her thirties. She talks about her work with Vocations Ireland and why it’s important that young people are given the right information about the options available in religious life.
Sr. Monica and Maura (Novice) – Redemptoristine Nuns
Sr. Clare Marie – Poor Clares Galway
My advice to young people would be to trust in Jesus, to believe that He exists, to open yourself to a personal relationship with Jesus and He won’t fail you.
Sr. Clare-Marie is from Monaghan, Poor Clare Order in Nuns’ Island Galway describes her life in a contemplative order and her journey toward joining.
Sr. Marie Dunne – Holy Faith Sisters
Who you are is God’s gift to you. Who you become is your gift to God. And I do believe there is such a need as to people who will give their lives to witnessing to the love of God. That’s what they’re really asked to do.
Sister Marie Dunne of the Holy Faith Sisters tallks about the kindness of the sisters who taught her as a child and the impression it made upon her. She then explains that she always felt call to the religious life that never left her. She tells history of the Holy Faith Sisters and their charism: “it’s about having a listening heart and a compassionate heart and a heart that doesn’t judge.” She tells of her love of music and how she works with music as her full time occupation.
Sr. Susan Aseu – Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa
My favourite part of religious life is when I’m doing something for somebody. It gives me fulfillment that I’m sharing out my best with the person who is next to me.
Originally from Uganda, Sr. Susan Aseu is a Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa. She tells of how her love for Jesus and her family helped her to connect with children doing her work and how she was inspired in her course of life by a missionary priest and at school and meeting a Franciscan Sister in university.
Sr. Carmen Lee – Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit
I’m sorry all those people don’t know how exciting it is in religious life because it’s not a dull life, it’s a very exciting life.You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.
Sister Carmen Lee describes how she came to join the Missionary Sisters and why she chose this order over the many others. She also offers advice for young people looking to find something out of life.
Sr. Colette Kane – Dominican Sisters
Some people were really upset in college when I said I wanted to join religious life, they said “what a waste” and they saw my joining as an end of something, and yet, for me, it was the opening up of something. It has allowed me to flourish.
Sister Colette Kane, originally from Belfast, now based in Wicklow Town, joined the Cabra Congregation of the Dominican Order. She explains the Dominicans involvement in education and her current efforts in ecology having helped set up in an organic farm in the 1990s. She talks of her interests and how music is part of her religious life.
Sr. Carmel Ryan – Daughters of Charity
It gives the people we are working with and ministering to a stabilty. We stand for something more than what’s going on around them.
Sister Carmel Ryan tells of how and why she joined the Daughters of Charity. She explains the means of their ministry in the range of work that they do and how their charism is to see Christ in the face of every person they meet.
Sr Bridget Moore – Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny
The main mission for us sisters is trying to be a supportive community for each other and to anyone else we can help.
Sister Bridget Moore, a member of the St. Joseph of Cluny, tells of how she joined the congregation and of her life and love for Irish music. She also tells of her recent expedition to Haiti to help after the earthquake there.