Catch up with the latest from FMDM around the world.



29 December 1937 – 2 March 2017 Please pray for the soul of our dear sister Ann Kiely who died very peacefully in Franciscan Convent Ballinasloe County Galway, Ireland on 2nd March 2017. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday 4th March followed by burial in Creagh Cemetery, Ballinasloe. May she rest in everlasting peace. Sr. [...]

Congratulations to Sr. Connie


GOLDEN JUBILARIAN On 17 February 2017, FMDM Sisters from Malaysia and Singapore gathered in Our Lady’s Convent, Ipoh Malaysia to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sr. Connie Hoe. This coincided with the Chapter of Mats gathering and we were delighted that two FMDM Sisters from Singapore could come for the celebration. The Jubilee Mass was [...]

Golden Jubilarians in Zambia


CONGRATULATIONS to Sisters Ann Kelly and Jean Langley On Sunday 12 February 2017 we rejoiced with our two Golden Jubilarians – Ann and Jean who had a joint celebration in our Rieti house, Zambia amongst FMDM Sisters, Associates and friends. Both have served in our missions in Zambia for many decades. The Jubilee Mass was held on the big verandah of the [...]

A LIFE REMEMBERED: Sister Germaine Welford FMDM


2 June 1932 – 19 February 2017 Sister Germaine Welford died peacefully in La Verna Godalming Surrey on 19th February 2017. The Funeral Mass was held on 2 March 2017 in Ladywell Chapel followed by burial in Ladywell Cemetery. May she rest in peace. To read the Eulogy by Sr. Ann Spratt, click here. A LIFE REMEMBERED: Sr. Germaine Welford

Chinese New Year celebration


YEAR OF THE ROOSTER 2017 – 28 January 2017 Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) is a special and joyous time when families will make an effort to ‘come home’ for the family reunion dinner. Being an international congregation the sisters in the Motherhouse celebrate Chinese New Year in a big way! The chapel, front hall, dining [...]



 On 25 January to 8 February 2017, twenty-five FMDM Sisters from around the world will be gathering in Assisi for an Extra-ordinary CHAPTER OF MATS.  A Chapter of Mats is a term used in our Franciscan tradition for a gathering of the community to discern the way forward. This is the first time in the history of [...]

A Life Remembered: Sister Kitty Cashman FMDM


27 September 1934 – 15 January 2017 Please pray for the soul of our dear Sister Kitty Cashman who died on Sunday 15th January 2017 in the Franciscan Convent, Ballinasloe, Ireland. Our sincere sympathy to her sister Rosa (FMDM Sister) and brother James, his wife Joan, and relatives. On the 17th January 2017, the Funeral Mass was held in [...]

Feast of Our Lady of the Divine Motherhood


PATRONAL FEAST DAY New Year’s Day is the Congregation’s Patronal Feast Day. On 1st January, sisters from all the communities in England and Scotland gather in our Motherhouse at Ladywell Convent for a Eucharistic celebration followed by a meal. It is also a great opportunity for sisters from the various communities to meet one another. We thank God [...]

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A LIFE REMEMBERED: Sister Ishbel Veitch FMDM


BORN TO THIS LIFE: 10 July 1930 in New Zealand. BORN TO ETERNAL LIFE: 10 December 2016 in Ladywell, England. Ishbel wrote: “Let my funeral be a celebration of my life, which has been a happy one.”  We hope the video clip will give you a glimpse of this amazing woman of faith. To enlarge screen, click on the [...]