Catch up with the latest from FMDM around the world.

Diamond Jubilee – Sr Felicity Scanlon


On Sunday 18 March 2018, St Clare’s community in Ladywell Godalming celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Sr Felicity. A special Mass was offered for her on that day and this was followed by a simple celebration and the cutting of the Jubilee cake. Congratulations Sr Felicity!

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Diamond Jubilee in Ireland – Sr Eileen Byrne


ongratulations Sr Eileen! On 17 March 2018, FMDM sisters from various communities in Ireland, Mary Pender (a good friend of Sr Eileen) gathered in the Franciscan Convent, Ballinasloe to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession with Sister Eileen. It was a triple celebration for the sisters in Ireland – Feast of St. Patrick, Eileen’s [...]

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First Profession Ceremony in Zimbabwe


CONGRATULATIONS to Salome, Lucy and Amenger On 10 February 2018, Salome, Lucy and Amenger made their First Profession in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Peace at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Sr Yeyani Nyoni, FMDM leader in Zimbabwe received their vows.   The main celebrant was the Parish Priest Fr Christopher Sibanda and the concelebrants were [...]

Official opening of new Assisi Hospice Singapore


The new Assisi Hospice building was officially opened on 1 December 2017 with the presence of the FMDM sisters, our Board, staff, Mt Alvernia Hospital colleagues, friends, donors and supporters. It was a joyous occasion to see everyone’s labour of love, service and support culminating in a new six-storey building where more will be helped. [...]

Chapter of Mats for FMDM Zimbabwe and Zambia


On 3 January 2018, sisters from Zimbabwe and Zambia gathered in Kasisi Retreat and Conference Centre near Lusaka, Zambia for the Chapter of Mats (4 – 6 January). On 7 January, all the sisters gathered in St. Anthony’s Community house for a relaxed time together with a barbecue and to celebrate with the three Silver [...]

A LIFE REMEMBERED – Sr Suzanne Goossens FMDM


‘Sr Sue or Susie’ as she was fondly known, died very peacefully on 1 December 2017 in La Verna at Ladywell Convent Godalming where she was lovingly cared for during her latter years of her life. She celebrated her 90th birthday on 20 February 2017, a great milestone indeed. Sr Sue was very organised and [...]

Feast of Our Lady of the Divine Motherhood


Patronal Feast Day of the FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF THE DIVINE MOTHERHOOD (FMDM) On this special Feast Day of our Congregation, sisters from communities in England and Scotland gather in our Motherhouse to celebrate the Feast of Mary Mother of God. We are grateful to have Mary, mother of Jesus as an example of how to [...]

Sr Bridget – Golden Jubilee celebration in Gaza


Congratulations Bridget  On 17 December 2017 Sr Bridget Tighe celebrated her Golden  Jubilee of Religious Profession  with her parish community of Gaza. Traditionally the Sunday before Christmas the Patriarch or Bishop of Jerusalem comes to Gaza to anticipate Christmas with a votive Mass of Christmas, nativity play celebrations and a luncheon for the parish community.  [...]

Christmas Greetings


FMDM Sisters send warm greetings to all our sisters worldwide, families, friends and staff. May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you and your loved ones. Saint Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas crib in the year 1223. The story of Christmas in Greccio, Italy

Crib Building Service for children


On 13 December 2017, over 40 children came with their parents and grandparents for the Crib Building Service in Ladywell Chapel. There was great anticipation and excitement for the children when they picked a piece of paper with an item for the crib. Sr Jane Bertelsen was the narrator and has a wonderful way in [...]