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Today we began the Novena to Our Holy Founder, St Francis de Sales, in preparation for his feast on January 24th. We meet & recite the Litany to him each morning. The Reliquary, reflects the altar of St Francis de Sales in our monastery church in Rue Royale, Annecy, where our sisters reunited after the French Revolution. They moved to their present location at the beginning of the 20th century. For the litany of St Francis de Sales click on   one of the pictures.




As we begin this New Year & enter into the 'ordinary' time of the church's calendar, we realise that today nothing is ordinary! We are living in quite extraordinary times. As we carry the Lord in our hearts we can still hear His invitation . . . click on picture



This morning we have had news that at least 26 of the 30+ sisters from out 1st Monastery of Madrid are very ill with the Covid 19 virus. Many are hospitalised & in ITU. We are beseeching our Spainsh Sister Martyrs of that monastery, to intercede for them that they may return to good health. Please join us in prayer.



Just a thought on this feast of the Magi; what do you think Joseph & Mary did with the gold they received? Any ideas?



Yesterday morning our dear Sr Paul Mary, Superior of our former monastery of Stamullen, Ireland, died peacefully in St Francis Nursing Home, Dundalk, where she had been cared for with great devotion for a number of years. Sister's funeral mass will be on Friday January 8th, she will be buried in our cemetery in Stamullen. May she rest in peace in God's eternal love.


Our Lady Mother of God

'I said to the man who stood
at the gate of the year:
'Give me a light that I may
tread safely into the unknown.'
And he replied:
'Go out into the darkness & put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light,
& safer than a known way.'

Keep us good Lord
under the shadow  of your mercy
in this time  of uncertainty  & distress.
Sustain & support  the
 anxious  & fearful,
  lift up all who are brought low,
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can
separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus Our Lord.


A sharing of our Christmas days for you. The first pictures are of a beautiful Advent Calendar gifted by our dear Inge, we pressed out & put the relevant cut-outs in place each day. Also Christmas day was the 94th birthday of our dear Sr Paul Miryam so we enjoyed a double celebration.

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In this rather 'different' year we come to wish you the many blessings of this beautiful season. May the Christ Child bring you hope & peace of heart, may you keep safe & well & may you look to the future with joy.