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10th and 11th March 2020 Great Britain

10th and 11th March 2020 Great Britain

Two become One - the new province of Rosalie Rendu

The 10th and 11th March 2020 were momentous days in Provincial House, Mill Hill, London NW7. They were a continuation of the momentous days which had taken place at the Daughters of Charity Provincial House in Sydney Australia on 1st and 2nd March (see the previous News item). During these special days Sr Ellen Flynn DC, Provincial of the British Province gathered with Sisters from her province together with Sister Celine Quadros DC ( Australian Provincial,), Sr Chloe Forsyth DC, Sr Therese Hayword DC, Sr Debra McCarthyDC, and Fr Phil CM (Director) who were representing the Province of Australia.

On Tuesday 10th March Sisters gathered for afternoon tea and to listen to an address from Sister Marie Raw DC, General Councillor, on Blessed Rosalie Rendu - a  Daughter of Charity who was a leader worker and organiset of care for the poor of 19th century Paris' teeming slums. Rosalie has been chosen as patron of our new province which now bears her name. Sr Marie's talk revealed many interesting and inspirational facts about Rosalie and it was wonderful to look at artefacts (a prayer book and correspondence), brought from the archives in the Mother House, which had once belonged to this saintly Daughter of Charity. Later that day in the evening of the Sisters gathered in the Vincentian Father's Church, the Sacred Heart in Mill Hill, for a two hour Vigil of Thanksgiving Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

The next day 11th March the Sisters gathered again once again in the Sacred Heart Church for the the special Mass of Integration. It was a wonderful celebration. Fr Paul Roche CM, director of the new province, was the main celebrant and he was joined by many of his Vincentian confreres along with Canon Kristian Paver.  The liturgy began with a visual presentation of the Sisters unity around the world - a red cloth was placed before the altar representing the red soil of Australia , a green one representing the rolling hills and green fields of Great Britain, and a blue cloth depicting the oceans of the world.

After the Liturgy of the Word, the sacred ceremony moved into the official signing and sealing of the new Province Charter. History was being made in the Company of the Daughters of Charity! The Sisters in Australia and Britain now belong to one new province! There was a great sense of joy and optimism in the church at the end of Mass and the Sisters and guests travelled to Hendon Golf Club for lunch. Afterwards we returned to Provincial House, Mill Hill  and moved into the rear garden for the planting of a eucalyptus tree which mirrored the tree planting ceremony in Sydney the previous week. On completion of the planting and watering ceremony we went indoors to enjoy a slice of celebratory cake made Sister Rosalie Crowley DC and a glass of Prosecco or a cup of tea. For all that has been THANKS and for all to come YES!

To know more about these special days please click on the links below.

Watch the service here:

Article by Jo Siedlecka on Independent Catholic News

Personal Reflection by Sister Josephine Hawes DC