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So what is it like to be a Red Nun?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Red Nuns: The Redemptoristine Sisters Dublin Ireland

Our Monastic Day – taken from the Red Nuns website http://www.rednuns.com/about/our-monastic-day/
Our day begins at approximately 6.30 a.m. Meditation at 7 a.m in the chapel. Morning prayer at 7.30 a.m.

After morning prayer we have breakfast in silence, get a short walk in, and then Little Hour from the Divine Office in the chapel.
At 8.30 each sister will go to wherever she is working. Sisters work in the altar breads, the sacristy, the laundry, the kitchen, the Retreat and Faith Centre, the infirmary, and many other jobs are done around the house. At 10.30 sisters avail of soup, tea or coffee for a snack.

At 10.50 a.m the younger/newer sisters meet Sr. Gabrielle for lecture until 11.50 a.m. We read and discuss various subject pertinent to our life. At 12 noon we pray the Office of Readings from the Divine Office and the Angelus.
12.30 is dinner time and dinner is in silence everyday except Thursdays and Sundays, Feast days and other special days. We make a thanksgiving visit to the Blessed Sacrament after dinner. During the next hour we have a half hour meditation and a half hour spiritual reading usually in your room or outside weather permitting.

Between 2 p.m -3 p.m if a sister has study to do, they do it during this time. Each sister would be occupied in completing an earlier task or studying. At 3 p.m we have another Little Hour from the Divine Office. At this time we pray in a special way for the dead by ringing the bell 33 times symbolizing the years our Lord lived.

3.25 p.m snack time in the refectory. For the next hour we study, gets the supper ready, prepare for Mass, and look after the Retreat Centre. At 4.50 p.m – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditation, 5.20 p.m Evening Prayer, and Mass at 5.45 p.m.

The public join us on http://www.churchservices.tv/live/Redemptoristine for meditation, Evening Prayer and Mass. Supper is at 6.30 p.m. We always have recreation at supper. After super we say Night Prayer which is about 7.45 – 8 p.m. We would have recreation for an hour – during the summer, outside for a walk, on the bikes or a game of scrabble indoors. We watch the news a couple of evenings a week. The Great silence begins at 10pm.

Share the Good News

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

‘Share the Good News’ – the first ever National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland was launched today in Dublin by Bishop William Murphy. It is historical as it’s the first ever directory, researched and written over the past five years, and presented within an Irish context. It offers a genuine opportunity for adult education of Catholics about their faith. It is written in understandable language, beautifully illustrated and presented. The contents will appeal to Catholic people wherever they find themselves on their faith journey. Guidance, understanding, thought provoking and call to appropriate action are some of the results of delving into this book. It is for all Catholics. Parish and family life are once again acknowledged and promoted as the basic units of Christian and Catholic community.   Catholic religious education is an important topic today in a changing Ireland.  This debate will continue. The future of the faith is the responsibility of all Catholics. ‘Share the Good News’ is required reading for all who wish to be Catholic in Ireland. It is available from Veritas bookshops or on www.veritas.ie.

The addresses given by Cardinal Seán Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at today’s launch can be viewed on www.catholicbishops.ie –News section.

Tony