There are five members on the vocation team. You will meet Sr Kathleen McErlean, Sr Carmel Ryan, Sr Mary Crosbie, Sr Patricia Walsh and the vocations promoter Sr Anne Neylon as you scroll down the page..
Kathleen McErlean writes about:-
- Being a member of the Vocation Team…
Being a member of the Vocation Team for me means trying to pass on the spirit of St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac so that those who may be living in poverty and on the margins of society may be helped and served….. especially those whom society may reject
- her Ministry……
At present I am a parish pastoral sister, working in Sacred Heart Parish, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin. I was initially trained as a nurse, but in the year 2000 I was asked by the community to do parish work in Belfast, where I worked for 8 years. Now I am working in Killinarden. My ministry entails initiating and facilitating
• Baptism team
• Children’s Liturgy Group
• Preparation of children to receive the Sacraments of First Holy Communion
• Funeral Ministry and Bereavement follow up
• Attending the sick and housebound by bringing them the Blessed Sacrament and visiting them in hospital or nursing home when necessary
• Training volunteers to become Ministers of the Eucharist
Parish ministry involves me in a variety of aspects, which I enjoy immensely, particularly when helping others to value their faith. In addition, I feel parish work is at the heart of our charism, as St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac were the first to enable young committed women to go and serve the poor or those less fortunate. For me, parish life embodies this spirit.
Within the parish this year we envision having a Faith Youth Worker to enable greater communication with the younger generation to help them nourish their faith.
- her life in Community…
I live in a community with 3 Daughters of Charity, in Sacred Heart Parish, Killinarden.
• We pray together daily and share our faith
• We have meals together
• We share the joys and difficulties of different aspects of life
Kathleen’s motto as a Daughter of Charity is ‘KINDNESS IS THE KEY TO HEARTS’.
Sr Carmel Ryan writes:-
I’m Sr. Carmel Ryan and I was born in Co. Cork. At present I’m Chaplain and Religion Teacher in Nagle Community College in Mahon in Cork City. I enjoy reading many types of literature but my greatest interest is sport, Gaelic Hurling and Rugby in particular are two of my favourite sports. Living in a community is an adventure which is challenging and worthwhile.
Sr Anne Neylon writes:
I was born in Dublin and was appointed as vocations promoter for the Daughters of Charity in February 2011. My hobbies include walking, reading, swimming, Irish music, language and culture. Vocation ministry is very challenging and it provides a wonderful opportunity to meet many people. This ministry is integrated with every aspect of life. It is good to work as a member of a team who take time together to meet, pray and plan events for vocation work especially among young people. We strive in Pope Francis words ‘to orient vocational pastoral planning by accompanying young people on paths of holiness which, because they are personal, “call for a genuine training in holiness capable of adapting to every person’s need”’.
I live in community in Dunardagh, Blackrock and am a member of Vocations Ireland which is an association of the Vocation Directors of the Catholic Religious Orders, men and women, in Ireland. The members work to present religious life, apostolic, missionary and contemplative as a life choice that is just one way of following Christ. Vocations Ireland offers information on religious life in all its aspects, on discernment of vocation as well as support and accompaniment for those who may be considering a call to religious life. Vocations Ireland also provides a network of support for those involved in vocation ministry. For more information log on to vocationsireland.com.
Our constitutions remind each ‘Daughter of Charity that our vocation requires constant openness and presence to the world in which they live’.
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