The FMDM presence in Ireland began in 1942 when our community in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway was established and we opened Portiuncula hospital which we ran before handing it over to the Western Health Board. Today we have 11 communities in Dublin, Ballinasloe, Killarney and Drogheda. Early beginnings of FMDM Sisters in Ballinasloe. Click here to read the brief history.
We have Irish sisters all over the world as they have responded to the missionary call to serve wherever they are sent. Our ministry in Ireland was traditionally in health care, especially general nursing, midwifery and care of children with special needs. Today we have diversified to minister in retreat work, justice and peace, pastoral care, parish work, care of the elderly and needy in society, counselling and psychotherapy as well as collaborative ministry with other religious orders. Our Sisters in Ballinasloe , Dublin and Drogheda Communities. To view click here.
The sense of Divine Presence in everything created gave the Irish an awareness of God that penetrated all the circumstances of life, the flow of happenings, ordinary and extraordinary.
In Ireland, it is a popular myth that the Celtic Christian cross was introduced by St. Patrick during his time converting the pagan Irish. It is believed that St. Patrick combined the symbol of Christianity with the sun cross, to give pagan followers an idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the idea of the life-giving properties of the sun. The Celtic Cross has long been associated with the people of Ireland as a symbol of heritage. Although traditionally, crosses have been given a religious connotation because of the crucifixion of Christ, Celtic Crosses were in evidence long before the Celtic people converted to Christianity in the fourth century.
The Diocese of Clonfert was founded in 557 by St. Brendan the Navigator, in a sheltered cluain or meadow near the Shannon shore, at the eastern extremity of the County Galway. FMDM Communities are situated in the Diocese of Clonfert. Therefore St. Brendan the Voyager has a great significance for us.
Spirituality of the ROUND TOWERS
Round towers throughout the Irish countryside actually mirrors the positions of the stars in the northern sky during the time of winter solstice. Archaeological excavations at the bases of the towers have revealed that many towers were erected upon the tops of much older graves and it is known that many of the tower sites were considered sacred places long before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Sister Kathleen launched the book in 2014 “The Sublime Tower”. “The Sublime Tower: An Iconic Call to Contemplative Prayer” by Sr. Kathleen Lynch, FMDM. Click here to read about the Book Launch Round Tower
SILVER JUBILARIANS from IRELAND, missioned in England.
In October 2014, the sisters in the Irish Region rejoiced with Sisters Helena McEvilly and Mary Burke when they celebrated their Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession in our Motherhouse at Ladywell Convent, England. Both Helena and Mary are currently missioned in England, serving in Leadership roles respectively. We are proud to claim them as “our very own”! Mary is originally from Kilconnell near Ballinasloe, whilst Helena was born in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. Click on the highlight to read more. Sisters Helena and Mary celebrate 25 years of Religious Profession. To read about their vocation story, click here.
Sr. Helena McEvilly returned to her home Parish at Drum, Ireland for her Silver Jubilee celebration. To read more about her story click below. St. Brigid’s Parish in DRUM Ireland rejoices with ‘one of their very own’. To read more, click here.
REMEMBERING OUR SISTERS who have died in the Irish Region, since 2014. May they now rest in peace.
Mary De Luce: 7 February 2014
Kostka Dignan: 20 July 2014
Jacinta Kehoe: 26 July 2014
Clare O’Callaghan: 18 September 2015
Helen Scully: 27 June 2015
Marie Coyle: 16 February 2016
Sarah Jordan: 29 March 2016
Regina Burke: 24 June 2016
Anne Dennehy: 15 August 2016
To read some of the memories of our beloved sisters, go to the MAIN PAGE, click ‘news’.
Regional Leader: Sr. Kathleen Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Regional House, Arus Mhuire, 185/187 Swords Road WHITEHALL D09 YW40 Ireland