Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sr. Evina

Congratulations and blessings galore to Sr. Evina on receiving the habit of the Redemptoristines.  

Saturday, November 22, 2008


The Redemptoristines celebrated with the Redemptorists on the launch of their new Vocation initiatives.  Please pray the Prayer for Vocations:
Lord Jesus,
Bless the Redemptorist Family
with many more generous men and women
who are willing to work at bringing the Good News
to our most abandoned brother and sisters.
Open our hearts and minds 
to your plan for each one of us
so that we may follow with trust and courage
the path you lovingly call us to in our lives.
May our hearts and mind
be always open to the challenge of life
and keep us always faithful
to the promises of our baptism.
Bless our families
and all who have helped to make us aware
of the depth of your love for us.
Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
Redemptorist Vocations Director
Fr. Michael Cusack,, C.SsR.

Monday, September 8, 2008


Recently we the Redemptoristines celebrated with the Redemptorists on the special occasion of the First Profession of Michael McCluskey.  Michael returned from Chicago having completed his novitiate.  He will now continue his studies in Dublin and we wish him every blessing on his journey. 

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Photo Gallery


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 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. Enjoy photo gallery.

Thursday, April 17, 2008



 Catholic Church in new plan to boost vocations
Monastic weekend (check our web page for dates)

A Catholic Church strategy to overcome the shortage of religious and priest and to boost its dwindling numbers  was launched by  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in the Procathedral last Sunday evening the 13th April, 2008.  The Archbishop reminded Irish Catholics that being a Christian is not a "spectator sport" and bishops needed to "recall to all that you cannot be simply a passive Christian."

Blessing a specially commissioned 'Year of Vocation' candle, the Archbishop said that Catholics should not be "sitting on the sidelines, or watching from the grandstand when the occasion arises."

The launch of a year long campaign as the Irish Church is confronted with a crisis of ageing clergy and religious and few recruits. In 2007 228 nuns died, with few recruits to the religious life.  160 priests died last year, while only nine were ordained.

The campaign, which ends in May 2009, aims to raise an awareness of the specific vocations of marriage, the religious life, the single life and priesthood.

The Archbishop said that being a Catholic meant answering the call of Christ and changing our way of living.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Life Springs

On the 6th January a new 'Faith formation centre' St. Clement's was opened by the Redemptoristine Nuns in St Alphonsus Monastery, Dublin.  This missionary outreach in the concrete world we live in, brings continuity with St Clements in Belfast which has recently closed.  We were happy to incorporate the oil painting of St Clement and to place out new centre under his patronage.  St. Clement's is an extension of our Ruah retreat centre and hence, the magnificent stain-glass window from their Chapel holds pride of place in the assembly room. 'Ruah' means 'Breath of God' and his window depicts this theme.

St. Clement's was blessed by the Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin who spoke of our community as being"enclosed" yet providing an open door for many who wish to share in our prayer life and receive spiritual help and guidance.  It is our hope that the Faith Centre will be a place where people can restore a balance in their lives, between contemplation and activity between faith and life. 

Monday, January 21, 2008


Monica entered our Monastery on the 12th January, 2008.  We are grateful to the Holy Redeemer for blessing our community with Monica.  We are 11 in community, which includes 2 novices and 1 postulant.  On an ongoing basis we hear from young women interested in living our life of prayer and contemplation.  We have a young woman coming for a live-in in February and host Monastic weekends in April and October each year.