Our active retired Sisters have found new ways of ministering since they have retired from their various ministries. One of the sayings of our foundress, Blessed Marie Therese was ‘do not vegetate’. This is very much taken to heart by the community.
Sr Mary Finbar who returned home from Brazil after forty years of ministering now continues to support the mission by knitting and sending the proceeds to the street childrens project in Brazil. Sr Maureen uses the internet to send around humorous emails in order to cheer people up. Sr Carmel writes to prisoners and to people who are lonely. She also uses the internet to support environmental causes and care for the earth. She is also a keen gardener and supplies the community with delicious tomatoes and vegetables grown in her green house. A number of Sisters visit the infirm or lonely in homes or hospital befriending them with a listening ear and bringing spiritual comfort. Once a month, Sr Una accompanies the associates of the Daughters of the Cross and meets for the sharing of the Word. She enhances our liturgies by leading the community in music and song. Sr Mary Eugene is also gifted with green fingers and uses them to care for the plants which enhances the colour and beauty around us. Sr Elizabeth is our sacristan and cares for the altar linen and sets up the altar for all our liturgical celebrations. A small group who are not as physically active meet each day to pray the Rosary for the needs of the world, the Church, our congregation and for those who request prayers or are in need of prayer. Sisters Joyce and Anne are both in pastoral ministry as hospital chaplains and share their experiences, giving insight into what is involved in being a chaplain in one of the largest training hospitals in Europe. Sisters Kathleen and Anne are involved in the day to day running of the Convent which includes staff management and making sure that all runs smoothly and that the needs of individual Sisters are met.