RSCJ NEWS - Responsibility is passed on

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 I am where God wills me to be,

and so I have found

rest and security.

                                              Philippine Duchesne


On 31st December two of the former Provincial Council, Pat Egan and Kathleen Cronin were responsible for the arrangements for Mass and the Ceremony in which the Leadership of the IRS Province was transferred from them and Barbara Duffy to four RSCJ.

The ship 'Rebecca' was chosen as a symbol representing the voyage of the former Provincial Council and the journey that is ahead for Bernadette McArdle, Carmel Flynn, Dairne McHenry and Mary Cavanagh.

Pat recalled that 'Our time as team was expressed recently in our newsletter: like being on a voyage.  Barbara, Kathleen and I have had a great journey together; we have had times of calm and times of stormy turbulence, we have been through choppy waters, however, to-day in the words of psalm 107: “the waves are quiet and He has brought us glad at the calm, safe to the port we were bound for” and we are ready to hand over to YOU the next crew.  


His wisdom governs me, His power defends me, His grace sanctifies me, His mercy encompasses me, His joy sustains me, and all will go well with me

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It is very poignant that this is the bicentenary year of Rose Philippine Duchesne’s journey on the Rebecca; and we thought that the Rebecca would be a fitting symbol to give you as you take on the Governance of the Province.   Like Philippine you are heading into the unknown, these are unchartered waters; there will be gale forces, and cold fronts, but through the mist you will know that this is where God wills you to be.

Paraphrasing Philippine’s own words

I invite everyone to stretch out their hands in Blessing as Barbara Kathleen and I  will pray Philippine’s blessing on you BERNADETTE, CARMEL, DAIRNE, MARY:

May His wisdom govern you, His power defend you, His grace sanctify you,
His mercy encompass you, His joy sustain you and all will go well with YOU.

Do not look back to the past nor forward to the future.
Claim only the present, for it holds God’s will.

                                                                                                                                                           Pat Egan

Some photos of the event:-
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