Associates celebrate 10 Years

 

10 YEARS OF ASSOCIATES IN THE IRISH/SCOTTISH PROVINCE

 

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Maria Bradyrscj, Rosemary
O'Brienrscj & Noel Moran
Deirdre Doylerscj, Una Healy,
Sheila McAulifferscj
Helen Hickey, Clare Keane Rita Kinchrscj,Jean O'Kanerscj
Brian Lawler

 

 

fr_murney_associatespfTODAY, THE SPARK IS BURNING BRIGHTLY 10 YEARS ON  ! !


Last Wednesday 2nd Feb 2011 – the day of consecrated life in the church – the rscj Associates from Dublin gathered together in Mount Anville with the Dublin rscj to celebrate 10 years of the foundation of Associates in the Irish/Scottish Province. Fr. Peadar Murney P.P. Johnstown Parish, Killiney Co. Dublin celebrated the Eucharist with the group and joined us also for the celebration meal together in the old dinner room of Mount Anville House.  

This was a most enjoyable occasion, with echoes of earlier days. The dining room was full of rscj celebrating together the Feast of Presentation of the Lord with our well established wider community of Associates    

 

 

ORIGINS

asssociates_sheilapfSheila Mc Auliffee rscj reminded us of how the initiative to begin the Associate group in the province began at the 1998 Chapter, we had in Emmaus. One of the issues which arose was the dream of having Associates and Sr. Liz Murphy, the facilitator, challenging us as to who would take the next step.

“A group of us, Angela Delany, Alda Civeria, Margaret Pope, Frances Arrowsmith , Carmel Flynn and myself, with Barbara Farquharson as Council representative, set out on the journey.”

carmel_1pfCarmel Scott thanked Angela Delaney and especially Rita Kinch, who took over the Mount Anville Group, after Angela retired. Sheila informed us also of how Helen McLaughlin and Christine Triay have taken on the work that Frances Arrowsmith started in Edinburgh.

 

More recently Kathleen Friel and Veronica Ranaghan, have established a very active group of Associates in Armagh.  Madeleine Minogue is also journeying with the Associates now and Carmel Flynn is the council representative. Sheila thanked them all and invited   “any of you who may feel called, to join us on this venture”

 

FORMATION PROGRAMME

Having consulted with many religious orders, the organising group was very inspired by the formation programme devised by The Little Company of Mary. Eventually the plan of formation they chose was based on that one and structured to capture our own spirit and charism.

alice_and_jimpfIn 2000, the millennium year, two groups of Associates, having completed their nine month formation programme, made their commitment in Dublin and another two groups in Scotland. “That day, I believe, the RSCJ and the Associates together brought a hidden spark to the light of a new dawn, I thank each of you for nurturing that hidden spark. I also thank those RSCJ who over the years have come to Associate meetings and fanned the flame.”

Alice Kennedy spoke of her experience of 10 yrs. commitment and what it has meant in her life.

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Noel Moran recalled his contact with Sheila through the Bethany Bereavement Group and how she had invited him into the Sacred Heart Family. “It was a very dark moment in my life at that time and that ‘hidden spark to the light’ helped me to open up  and move on.

rita_brianpfBrian Lawler shared with us how moved he was to hear Aideen speak, at the feedback from the general chapter in Peru, how the rscj had spent “nearly a week talking of dialogue of the Heart and how it was something that he and Ronnie were seeking to live in their lives.”

Rita Kinch also shared with us her experience, these last years.

Sheila concluded

“Today 10 years on, the spark is burning brightly. Throughout the years there have been ups and downs, with some Associates leaving after a few years and others joining us.  Many, however, have stayed for the long haul. Now, with numbers increasing and a new group in Armagh, I am reminded of a quote I read recently,

 

“When we can believe in the Divine spark in ourselves and when we can see it, and believe in the divine spark in others, we discover a hope that has a sure foundation”

I salute the divine spark in the associates, in each one here.

 

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