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Preparing for our birthday!

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February 10th, 1924 is a significant day for all Sister Disciples. It is our foundation day – our birthday. As a young priest, our Founder Fr. James Alberione was inflamed with a passion to spread the word of Jesus. By the end of his life he had given life to five religious orders and 4 secular institutes and an Association of Pauline Co-operators, who today make up the Pauline Family. We Disciples were founded to give life to this family through the living out of a contemplative and apostolic life. The Eucharistic Jesus is at the heart of our life.
We are consecrated women who come from many different nations. We are present in 31 countries, from Japan to Argentina, from New Zealand to India, from the Ukraine to Taiwan, reaching from East to West, North to South.In 1963 we had our beginnings in Ireland, in Ballykeeran. Afterwards we moved to Athlone Town and then in 1992 we opened another house in Blackrock. Next month we celebrate our silver jubilee.
What makes us different, what make…

"Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!"- Celebrating the Epiphany

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On the Feast of the Epiphany we are reminded that our own life is a pilgrimage, a pilgrimage of faith. Faith is a light by which we recognise God, a star drawing us to Christ.We are the Magi. Faith is our guiding star. Bethlehem is our goal. And like the Magi, after we encounter Jesus, we go back to our lives by a different way, we are never the same. At times we might lose our direction. We can learn from the Magi for even when they lost their star, they did not turn back. And the star will always reappear!

Remembering St. Andre Bessette

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On this the feast of St Andre Bessette, I would like to repost from a visit to the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal where this simple saint lived and served. His story is very inspiring and he encourages to "Ite ad Ioseph", "Go to Joseph".

"From Kahnawake, our pilgrimage took us to the Oratory of St. Joseph, Mount Royal in Montreal. I had had a sneak preview the weekend previous whilst visiting my sisters in Montreal and visited the small chapel of Frere Andre. Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on the west slope of Mount Royal in Montreal.


In 1904, Saint AndrĂ© Bessette, a brother from the Congregation of the Holy Cross, began the construction of St. Joseph, a small chapel on the slopes of Mont Royal near Notre Dame College. Soon the growing number of visitors made it too small. In 1917 a larger church was completed that has a seating capacity of 1,000. In 1924, the construction of the basilica of…

Basil and Gregory: school friends who became saints!

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Today the Church offers us the memorial of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen. By celebrating the feasts of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen on the same day, the Church praises a virtue which has always been held in high esteem friendship. Born in Cappadocia around 330, Basil and Gregory first were schoolfriends, they studied together in Athens. Following this, they were co-defenders of the orthodox teaching on the Trinity. As the French say, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Basil and Gregory faced the same problems as modern Christians. Sainthood meant trying to preserve the spirit of Christ in such perplexing and painful problems as reform, organization, fighting for the poor, maintaining balance and peace in misunderstanding.

For Gregory, we are reminded in The Church's Year of Grace by Pius Parsch that ‘during his life span the pendulum was continually swinging back and forth between contemplation and the active ministry. He long…