Rise of the Roses National Tour

We’re counting down the days to the visit of the Rise of the Roses National Tour to our community on the 11th of July 2015!So what is Rise of the Roses?
The girls write: “We are a group of girls who met through the Michaela Foundation- writing and delivering the faith element of the girls’ summer camps and retreats. Through our work we discovered a tremendous thirst for God amongst the young girls of Ireland. There is an eagerness to know God and a huge amount of energy and joy that is palpable when these young girls embrace their faith.We hope to visit 10 Convents all around Ireland on 10 consecutive Saturdays during the summer of 2015 from 13th of June-15th of August.
We begin at St Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart, Co. Louth. St. Brigid directly influenced several other future saints of Ireland, and her many religious communities helped to secure the country's conversion to the Catholic faith.

At each Convent we will invite young people and their families to join us as we meet the sisters, learn about their way of life and their love for God , sing, have a 'wee tea party', hold an hour of Eucharistic Adoration and plant a rose . We will carry the cross of Christ to each convent and will be supported by a promise of prayers from people all around the world.
We are passionate about our home country, its people, culture and its rich Christian heritage. We want to show that the fire of faith still burns brightly in this country. We hope this tour will raise awareness of the happiness and joy that comes with being a follower of Christ."

The girls are currently on week 4 of the 10 convent tour so Athlone will mark the half-way mark so let’s make an afternoon to remember!

Sister Disciples of the Divine Master,  Stop no. 5 on the Tour
 Why a rose? The symbolism of the Rose is so rich- is a symbol of beauty, of love and of a promise. The Rose that will be planted at each convent will reflect a promise to pray for each other. Ten roses planted around Ireland will also symbolise a decade of the rosary offered for the young people of our country. The tour finishes on the weekend of the feast day of Our Lady of Knock (15th of August) so it is poignant that we offer our prayers to the Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland Finally, the Rose has become synonymous with the memory of Michaela McAreavey. Michaela's faith and the values with which she tried to live her life continue to inspire us. She believed that God has a special plan for each one of us, and it is only by following God's will that we can attain true and lasting happiness. This tour aims to promote those messages throughout Michaela's home country and beyond. ”

For information  about the National Tour, contact: connect@riseoftheroses.org
For Athlone tour: Sr. M. Louise –srlouisepd@gmail.com or Sr. Kathryn –kathryn@pddm.org