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Some of the Filipino community with Juliet fcJ.Filipino community in Bucharest, Romania responds to Typhoon Haiyan
There are over 300 Filipinos working in domestic service in Bucharest, to help their families back home financially. They come to a Mass in English once a month in our church of the Sacred Heart and sing enthusiastically in Tagalog. Afterwards they are happy to gather in the parish hall ... They were very shocked and saddened by the recent typhoon disaster; more than twenty families were seriously affected, losing homes and family members...   Read more ...

Photo of FCJs on a ship to North America.Father Browne's Finest Pictures – just for interest!
In 1985 Father Edward O'Donnell SJ was searching in the basement at the Irish Jesuit Provincial's House when he came across a large black metal trunk, in which he found a large collection of negative albums, photographs and most amazingly of all an album containing photos of the Titanic’s voyage. All these photographs were the work of Father Francis Browne SJ who died in 1960.  Read more ...

Photo of Mgr. Vladimir Ghika.Beatification of Mgr. Vladimir Ghika (1873 - 1954) - August 31st, 2013
The beatification of this much loved priest and son of the Romanian people, who was arrested and died in prison in 1954, during the Cold War, was an occasion of great rejoicing for the Catholic (and Orthodox) church in Romania. It was the first beatification in Bucharest. About 10,000 people participated in the Solemn Liturgy of Beatification celebrated in the Pavilion of RomExpo ...  Read more ...

Photo of the pilgrim's feet in a circle.A Welcome in English - Santiago de Compostela—August 12-25, 2013
The Camino to Santiago is a well-known pilgrimage route across Europe. This year for the first time a group of religious worked together in Santiago to provide an English language chaplaincy for pilgrims.  Lynne Baron fcJ and MaryAnne Francalanza fcJ were part of the group. They welcomed pilgrims as they arrived, provided a place for them to talk, share stories and reflect on their Camino...  Read more ...

The eight jubilarians.Golden Jubilee Celebrations - Province of Europe —August 4, 2013
Eight members of the European Province gathered at Somers Town with a dozen or so of their FCJ companions to celebrate their Golden Jubilee. Maria Dunne, Brigid Halligan, Carmel Hanley, Rita McLoughlin, Veronika Schreiner, Maria Grazia Spinato, Imelda Toomey and Teresa White first met in 1961, when they were among eighteen postulants from Europe who entered the Society at Stella Maris in that year.    Read more ...

Part of the cover of the book: 'Trafficked: Diary of a Sex Slave'.The Irish Gathering - Spanish Point, Co Clare, Ireland—12th to 15th July 2013
The FCJs in Ireland decided to host a 'Gathering' of the Irish FCJs who do not live in Ireland at Ibricken Lodge, our Retreat and Holiday house at Spanish Point, which was rebuilt in the 1980's... Celtic designs were everywhere in the house reminding us of our heritage 'the wonderful spiritual force at the heart of longing' (John O'Donoghue) and enhancing our enjoyment of this inspiring reunion....    Read more ...

Lynne fcJ with another participant.A Gathering of FCJ educators - Liverpool Hope University—June 27-29, 2013
Over 95 teachers from 9 FCJ schools in Britain, Jersey, Ireland and Belgium came together for reflective work on FCJ ethos in schools. The meeting was the culmination of three years of intensive preparation. Throughout this time representatives from the British schools met on a regular basis to explore the meaning and lived practice of FCJ school ethos.  During the conference, Sr Margarita Byron fcJ, Provincial, ...    Read more ...

Part of the cover of the book: 'Trafficked: Diary of a Sex Slave'.Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign - London —June 2013
As part of the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF campaign, Christian Aid along with CAFOD and Tearfund have asked writers to reflect on the text 'Give us this day our daily bread' in order to form a series of weekly prayers and reflections.

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Photo of Sr. Brenda fcJ.Brenda Wallace fcJ is awarded the OBE—June 2013
Brenda Wallace, Headteacher of Gumley House Convent School FCJ for 24 years until her retirement in 2012, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to education. Ewa Kolczynska, current Headteacher, stated: “Sister Brenda is recognised by all; in her vision to provide an environment where young women regardless of their background could excel... Other FCJs have been honoured in this way...   Read more ...

The last two FCJs in Crook standing with the Parish Priest.Farewell to Crook 1993-2013
There have been religious sisters in Crook for the last 150 years and FCJ sisters have been part of the scene for the last twenty.  They have been actively involved in all aspects of parish life, visited the sick and housebound, supported parish activities, participated in the Alpha programme, welcomed parishioners into the convent, supported the life of the next-door school and witnessed to their beautiful name of Faithful Companions of Jesus.     Read more ...

New house in Waller Road.A new Community in SE London at Waller Road, New Cross —from December 2012
FCJ House, Waller Road, New Cross, UK, takes delight in its very own tiny pond. There are three FCJ sisters in the community! The community is actively involved in vocations work, Justice, peace and Integrity of Creation activities and education. FCJs in the area are supporting the Catholic Chaplaincy of Goldsmith’s College which is part of London University.     Read more ...

Part of the cover of the book: 'Trafficked: Diary of a Sex Slave'.Congratulations to Brid Liston fcJ and Maura Foley fcJ —Autumn 2012
Congratulations to Bríd who received her Doctorate in Ministry from Regis College and the University of Toronto towards the end of 2012. The title of Bríd’s thesis was ‘The Role of Theological Reflection in Education for Ecclesial Ministry’... Congratulations also to Maura who received the Bene Merenti medal in October 2012 for her long and very faithful service in Our Lady of Hal parish, Camden Town, London.    Read more ...

Part of the cover of the book: 'Trafficked: Diary of a Sex Slave'.Conference on Combating Human Trafficking— 8 May 2012
Veronika Schreiner fcJ reports on her experience: Not just a day, but a journey were the words Bishop Patrick Lynch (UK) used to introduce his final remarks at the end of the Conference which was organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and held in Rome... I attended as a delegate from SOLWODI, along with law enforcement, church officials, ambassadors and people from NGOs around the world.     Read more ...

FCJ Sisters in Bruff.Closing Celebration for Árd Scoil Mhuire FCJ, Bruff 28 April 2012
A Commemorative Day was held as part of the rituals of closure for the school. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated... Photographs and memorabilia celebrating 156 years were on display and a musical gathering rounded off the day. Our prayers and good wishes are with Sr. Geraldine Lennon and the staff who, with the assistance of the governing Board, are guiding the school to closure summer 2012.     
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MaryAnne fcJ with her parents.Final Profession of Vows - MaryAnne Francalanza fcJ - Liverpool, 10 April 2012
The University Chaplaincy Church of St Philip Neri in Catherine Street in Liverpool was full to capacity when Sister MaryAnne Francalanza fcJ pronounced her vows. Members of MaryAnne’s family including her parents had come from Malta, Australia and Canada .... FCJ sisters had come from England, Ireland and from places as far afield as Romania, Indonesia and the Philippines.    
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Prayer space at the Assembly.Province of Europe Assembly in Bucharest, Romania - 31 March to 4 April, 2012
This first assembly of the new Province of Europe took place in the beautifully appointed Carmelite Monastery at Snagov, north of Bucharest. Our theme was ‘Hands, Heart, Eyes’. This encompasses the many and varied ministries in which the sisters are engaged ... the energy, joy, commitment, and prayerfulness of now, our vision, the question: ‘What more is God asking of us now?’ – ‘Eyes’.     
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Crest of school orchestra.Visit of FCJ Bunclody Senior Orchestra to Rhode Island - February 10-17, 2012
In the Autumn of 1983, the FCJ Secondary School Bunclody Orchestra was founded by Music Director, Gearóid Grant, and school Principal, Sr. Margaret Quirke, fcJ. The Orchestra gave their first public recital nearly 28 years ago, on 7th April 1984.  Today there are three FCJ Bunclody orchestras and the Senior group of 96 pupils has just returned from an exchange visit to the Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, RI.
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Two past students wearing commemorative ball caps.Gatherings of Past Pupils of La Chassotte
It has become a custom to organize a meeting of past pupils of La Chassotte every second year, so in 2011 about 45 former students gathered in Brussels from the 5th to the 10th of October. Liliane Jordan and Sr. Lorenza fcJ are always invited as much appreciated guests. Everything is organized to the last detail and normally there are no free moments!

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Professor Keaton.Chair of Governors at Upton Hall FCJ School, England, awarded MB
Professor Jim Keaton has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours list for his services to Heritage in the North West of England. Throughout his time as Governor, Professor Keaton has used his network of business and academic contacts to offer pupils a range of opportunities to meet highly successful people in situations that facilitate conversation and debate...     
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Rita with a group of newer FCJs.Article by Sr. Rita McLoughlin in the Westminster Record, November 2011 edition
The Westminster Record is the monthly newspaper for the Archdiocese of Westminster, England. Published every month, it includes news, features and photographs reflecting the mission and life of Catholic parishes, schools and people in the diocese  The November edition published an article by Rita McLoughlin fcJ about Vocation the FCJ sisters.     

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Close up of a portion of the mosaic.Difficult Choices .... Madonna and Child ... Newlands FCJ, Middlesbrough, England
In September 2009 Newlands FCJ School and St David's School in Middlesbrough, England, amalgamated to form Trinity Catholic College .... A feature of the main entrance of the former Newlands School was a strikingly beautiful 5m high mosaic of the Madonna and Child. Although it had been envisaged that the mosaic would be incorporated into the new buildings, financial constraints prevented this and it was demolished in August 2011.     
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Still from the movie clip showing M. Monica fcJ.Two interesting sites provide images! Evacuation of Newlands FCJ to Malton 1939-1940
Early in the Second World War, many schools in England were evacuated to places that were considered safer. The Newlands Convent FCJ, Middlesbrough (also known as St Mary's Convent FCJ) was evacuated to Malton in Yorkshire. The following links lead to some rather interesting film clips. They show some of the evacuees from Newlands at Malton in 1939 and 1940.      
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Photo of Singh twins painting.The Singh Twins: Past Pupils of Holt Hill FCJ are Internationally Acclaimed Artists
Amrit and Rabindra Singhare are internationally acclaimed artists. Both were pupils at Holt Hill Convent FCJ, Birkenhead, England and have fond memories of their school days.  Amrit and Rabindra describe their work as Past - Modern, as it  engages with important areas of critical debate... They  are delighted to have their work acknowledged on this site  and one day hope to create a video of their FCJ Alma Mater. Read more ...

A tree was planted to mark the anniversary.FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody, Ireland celebrates 150 years, October 18th, 2011
FCJ Secondary School in Bunclody has reached a milestone: the 150th anniversary of the opening of the school. On the 4th August 1861, Reverend Mother Josephine Petit and Mother Marie de Bussy arrived from France to set up a school in the town. On October 18th, to mark the anniversary, the school community assembled outside on the steps to take a group photograph...     
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Map of Europe with a rainbow.British, Irish and Continental Provinces as new Province of Europe, September 1st, 2011
On 1st September 2011 the new Province of Europe came into being. The event was marked with prayer shared across the new Province. Prior to September 1st, each province celebrated with thanksgiving the life of their respective province and all who had been part of their story. Our prayers and good wishes are with Margarita and all those who make up the new Province of Europe     Read more ...

Crest of FCJ Primary School.Centenary Celebrations in Jersey: 1911-2011
There were great celebrations in Jersey to mark 100 years of FCJ education on the Island. The FCJ sisters first went to Guernsey in 1907 after the imposition of anti-clerical laws in France impeded and disrupted life in their convents in Brittany. Later, in 1911, they were invited to Jersey to provide education through the medium of English. Today there are no FCJ sisters living on the Island, but FCJ education continues ...     Read more ...

Sr. Berchmans Moss fcJ, RIP.Bishop Emeritus of Paisley Honours Life of Sr. Berchmans Moss fcJ, June 5th, 2011
Sr. Berchmans Moss died on 2nd June 2011. She had spent 62 years of her rich and full life as a Faithful Companion of Jesus in the Diocese of Paisley, Scotland. After her death Bishop John Mone, Bishop Emeritus of Paisley, wrote to the Society to express his appreciation of Sr. Berchmans: 'She was a very special person and graced our Diocese of Paisley for 62 years. Thank you ...'     Read more ...

Prince Charles speaks to members of the choir.An update on the Maria Fidelis Convent School Gospel Choir
In March 2010 Maria Fidelis Gospel Choir (MFGC) won the BBC Songs of Praise Senior Choir of the year competition.  The creation of a combined lower and upper school choir specifically for this competition has created a choir that has sung for the Pope, The Prince of Wales and the Comonwealth Day Observance, attended by the Queen and other international dignitaries.  It is a remarkable journey in just one year.     Read more ...

President making her speech.FCJ Secondary School in Bunclody visited by the President of Ireland, 24 Jan. 2011
FCJ Secondary School Bunclody had the privilege of a visit from the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. A guard of Honour lined the route as the Presidential party arrived at 11.00am.  She was greeted by Ms. Frances Threadgold, Principal, as the brass section of the senior orchestra played the "Presidential Salute".    The President was introduced to the Provincial, Sr. Maria Dunne,and the former principal, Sr. Madeleine Ryan. Read more ...

Principal with two former principals.75th Jubilee of Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick, Ireland, 21st December 2010
The day was laced with an air of celebration as we gathered in St. Joseph's Church, Limerick to mark the 75th Jubilee of Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ.  FCJ sisters from Laurel Hill and elsewhere were joined by staff and students, two former Principals, the current Principal, Aedin Ní­ Bhriain), representatives of the Board of Management, Parents Councils, parents, past and present pupils, ancillary staff, neighbours and friends.   Read more ...

Sr. Eleanor receiving an award.Eleanor Redican fcJ retires from a very privileged Ministry
I have to begin by saying that putting pen to paper is not where my gifts lie. Anybody who really knows me will be very surprised to see that someone was able to persuade me to share a few of the wonderful experiences I have had in my Ministry as Hospital Chaplain in General Services but mainly in Maternity over the past thirty-three years.What a wonderful privilege has been mine all through those years.   Read more ...

gumley pilgrimageLaurel Hill Students win silver in ESA's first European CanSat Competition
Students from Laurel Hill Secondary School in Limerick won the silver award for their entry in ESA's first European CanSat competition held at the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway August 2010. The CanSat competition, organised by ESA's Education Office and the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM), was open to teams of at least four students, assisted by a teacher or tutor.   Read more ...

gumley pilgrimageCelebrating 180 Years, Somers Town, London, 23 November 2010
I was delighted to join our community at Somers Town to celebrate 180 years since Marie Madeleine came to London. Several of us had come from Gumley House FCJ to join in prayer and in thanksgiving with friends and colleagues who had gathered for the occasion. The Chapel was full: there were sisters from other local communities, staff from the school and several priests, including Father Jim the parish priest.    Read more ...

gumley pilgrimageFinding a Voice ... an article by Teresa White fcJ, November-December 2010
Sr. Teresa White recently published an article titled 'Finding a Voice' in the Dominican Publications magazine 'Spirituality'. Two quotes from the article read: Whatever is true of birds and their songs, the message that comes to me is that each one of us has an individual and deeply personal voice. So I pass it on to anyone who may be listening: find your own voice, and use it....   Read more ...

Sr. Christine.'A Victory for Commonsense' - Sr. Christine Frost fcJ - November 12, 2010
Sr. Christine Frost lives on a council run estate in East London. She was recently in the news for defending the rights of the residents of the estate to have doormats, washing lines, childrens' bicycles! The Claims Connection Law Blog says:"The Irish-born nun ... added: "To focus on this ridiculous thing about washing lines and doormats is quite stupid when there is anti-social yob behaviour they should be dealing with.   Read more ...

Two FCJ sisters wearing their scarves.Craighead Awards Ceremony, Bucharest, 16th October 2010
During the Craighead Awards Ceremony in Bucharest on the 16th October, Alan McKell, our course Director, presented each member of the team and of the FCJ community (since we host the course) a beautiful scarf of pure wool, made in the St Ninian's Tartan which was created especially for the Pope's visit to the UK.   Union of minds and hearts grows through small gestures and moments like this.   Read more ...

Holy Father blessing the people gathered in Hyde Park.A Day to Remember, Pope Benedict in Hyde Park, 18 September 2010
Saturday 18 September 2010 was warm and sunny, a perfect day for our rendezvous with Pope Benedict in Hyde Park. I joined the parish group at Broadstairs station, and our train left just after 9am To profit from a special travel offer, we went in groups of four. I was with Joe and Birgit, and Mancunian Tim, the banner-bearer for Star of the Sea parish, joined us at the last minute.   Read more ...

gumley pilgrimageFirst Companions in Mission in Romania make commitment - 13 September 2010
On 13 September 2010, at the evening Mass concelebrated by Fr Eugen Blajut and his fellow Franciscans, in the Catholic church of St. John the Baptist in Galati, Romania, three new Companions in Mission publicly made their commitment.  Mary Fitzpatrick, Provincial, received , in the name of the Society, Doina and Nelu Gheorghiu and Romana Drasovean as Companions in Mission. Their joy and emotion were tangible.    Read more ...

Logo of the Papal Visit to England and Wales.Maria Fidelis Convent School Gospel Choir -Coming Events - Sept./Oct. 2010
After a very successful year in which the Choir has been motivated by the knowledge that their singing really does touch and inspire people, the girls have been encouraged as they realise what they can achieve through dedication and hard work. The Choir has been chosen by the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales to sing for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI during his forthcoming state visit to the UK in September.   Read more ...

Sr. Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ.Renewal of Vows -Sr. Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ - London, 31 August 2010
On 31st August 2010, the community of St. Aloysius Convent FCJ celebrated as Anouska Robinson-Biggin renewed her vows as a Faithful Companion of Jesus. Anouska described this important step: , 'it is great to have the chance to renew my 'Yes' but what has really struck me as I prepared for this day is that the Society has also said 'Yes' to me and for this I give thanks to God.'
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Sign Posts on the way to Gumley.A pilgrimage, Somers Town to Gumley, July 4th 2010
Marie Madeleine d'Houët, FCJ Foundress, established several communities in London. The first (1820)  was  at Somers Town in  central London. In 1841 she bought Gumley House in Isleworth, at the time a relatively rural area and  Gumley House, with its beautiful boarding school, was an oasis of quiet away from the centre of the City. Recently, a group of  Companions walked the route from central London to Gumley as a pilgrimage...      Read more ...

Spring flowers in  Bucharest.A growing sense of justice, Bucharest, Romania
On February 2, a large number of Religious men and women gathered in Bucharest together with the Archbishop, for a festive Candlemas liturgy. The FCJ Sisters had been invited to give the input, and Luminita fcJ and Juliet fcJ presented a powerpoint entitled 'And God saw that it was good.' It was a first step in awareness-raising concerning the theology of the cosmos, ecological issues and the implications of climate change ...     Read more ...

st johns.Celebrating FCJ involvement in St John's, Waterloo, Belgium —June 2010
Sister Maeve Shannon fcJ, Superintendent of St John's International School 1964 - 1980, gave the commencement address to the Class of 2010. Invited from Ireland for the occasion, and addressing an international group of students, Sr Maeve traced the history of the school from its beginnings 45 years ago, in very limited accommodation to its current position as a centre of excellence in superb accommodation at Waterloo, Belgium. Read more ...

companionship award.The First Companionship Awards in Irish FCJ Schools, June 2010
In the Irish schools, June is time for awards and for the first time, the new Companionship Awards were given at the FCJ Schools in Limerick City and Bunclody, Co. Wexford. The Companionship Trophies are made from bog oak, that is, from the roots of oak trees dating back thousands of years. Making the trophies in this material reminds us that companionship connects us to the very roots of FCJ ethos. Read more ...

african leadership.African Leadership Programme — May 2010
Sister Christine Anderson fcJ  is the lead person working with the Glasgow based Craighead Institute in developing an international leadership programme in Africa. Following a long discernment involving International and Diocesan Congregations it was decided to launch the program in Uganda. The Assumption Sisters of Eldoret (with whom the FCJ Society has worked for several years), were the first to sign up! Read more ....

Logo of Brussels Centre.FCJ Spirituality Centre, Brussels, Belgium —    May 2010
Our FCJ Centre in Brussels is going from strength to strength and is much appreciated by an ever widening circle of participants from a variety of backgrounds. To get a sense of our programme, look at our web site where you will see many elements of what we offer. In addition to events listed on our web site we facilitate groups by request and engage in spiritual accompaniment with people from all walks of life.    Read more ...

maria fidelis.Maria Fidelis, London — the Songs of Praise Choir of the Year —April 2010
'Songs of Praise', a BBC television programme, is broadcast every Sunday and features choirs from around the country singing hymns of praise and worship. The competition for the Songs of Praise Choir of the Year title saw Maria Fidelis competing with a previous winner, St Aidan's CE High School, from Harrogate, Yorkshire, and Rugby School, a well known independent school.    Read more ...

irish president.Formal Transfer of FCJ Irish Schools to Le Cheile Trust — February 2010
The symbolic transfer of trusteeship of the Irish FCJ schools to Le Cheile took place in September 2009. The legal process of transfer is now complete and 4 February was the occasion of the formal transfer of trusteeship from the twelve different Congregations to the Le Cheile Schools Trust. The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese addressed the gathering.
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Maggie McGovern.Civic Award to a Governor at FCJ Primary School Jersey — January 2010
Margaret McGovern, a governor at FCJ Primary School, Channel Isles, has been awarded an honorary MBE for her tireless efforts in helping cancer sufferers. Margaret is one of just four non-British subjects to be given the honorary MBE this year. Despite her demanding work at Clarkson House, the Jersey Hospice, Margaret has given herself tirelessly to the role of school governor, taking  the ‘pastoral role’ very seriously. Read more ....

teresa.Taken by Surprise during Sabbatical time — December 2009
During recent sabbatical time, Teresa White fcJ did  intensive reading and writing. Because of the FCJ General Chapter Decree 2008, Teresa  chose cosmology as one of her study themes. In her own words, Teresa was 'taken by surprise' and it proved to be an 'interesting, enlightening, enlivening.' The result of it all is a stimulating book, 'Removing Our Shoes.'
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upton.Upton Hall School FCJ, England, celebrates 160 years of service — November 2009
On 7 November 2009 the whole School Community celebrated the 160th Anniversary of its foundation at the Annual School Mass in the stunning setting of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. The theme of the Mass was thanksgiving for the work of the FCJ sisters and all members of the Upton Hall School Community both past and present.
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Jersey MadonnaFCJ Primary School, Channel Isles, the Madonna and Child is Moved! — October 2009
When the FCJ Convent in St Helier, Jersey was transferred to the new campus at Grainville, St Saviour, a work of art was commissioned for the exterior of the building.   Recently, the statue needed repair work and the opportunity was taken to move the statue to the front of the building. Allan Bransbury, the sculptor travelled to Jersey to repair the statue   and supervise its repositioning. Read more ...

italy ubilee celebrations.FCJ Sisters celebrate jubilees in Turin and San Mauro, Italy — October 2009
In October 2009, in Torino, FCJ Sisters celebrated with the family and friends of Sr Anna Maria Zandoná fcJ to mark the 65th anniversary of her profession as a faithful companion of Jesus. Also in October but in San Mauro, Sr Maria Teresa Scabeni celebrated with friends, family and FCJ sisters, the 25th anniversary of her profession as a faithful companion of Jesus.
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craighead.The Craighead Institute, Scotland - comes to Romania —October 2009
In Bucharest, on Saturday October 24th, the FCJ sisters organised an Awards Ceremony for the graduates of the Craighead Integration of Life and Faith course. Monsignor Cornel Damian, auxiliary Bishop of Bucharest presented certificates to the 17 people who completed the course. Alan McKell, who with his team had directed the course in Bucharest, added a special ceremonial dimension to the gathering by arriving in his kilt!   Read more ...

dancing.Irish Dancing comes to Isleworth, London — September 2009
Gumley House School was the venue for the biennial 'Scoil Rince Ceim Oir Open Feisl' (ceim oir meaning golden step).   In the words of the championship advert, ‘we have ... the fabulous venue of Gumley House with enough facilities to run 6 or 7 stages if required, ...' Parts of the ‘fabulous venue’ campus resounded to the sound of Irish music as the 700 competitors competed for the championship titles. Read more ...

le cheile.Symbolic Transfer of FCJ schools in Ireland to the Le Cheile Trust — September 2009
As the new school year gets underway, there is a change in the trusteeship of the  Irish FCJ schools. The essential legalities are in progress and the symbolic transfer will soon take place. A top priority of the FCJ Society and of the other congregations in Ireland is to protect the ethos of their schools at this time of change. The Le Cheile Trust is a collaborative venture between 12 religious congregations including the FCJ Society.   Read more ...

middlesbrough.The end of an era — Middlesbrough, England — August 2009  
For the last 138 years and since before the establishment of the present diocese, the FCJ Sisters have been involved in Catholic education in Middlesbrough. This comes to an end with the closure of The Newlands School FCJ on August 31st as part of a reorganisation of schools. Across the years the FCJ sisters have been involved in several catholic schools in this north- eastern town. Read more ...

cornelia and claireService on an Ignatian Pilgrimage — July 2009
In July 2009 Claire Thedrez fcJ and Cornelia Vîrgâ fcJ accompanied a group of young adults on an Ignatian pilgrimage from Loyola to Javier, Spain.   The pilgrimage group was large and necessitated good organisation.   Between pilgrims and support teams there were about 190 people altogether.   It was truly international with the pilgrims themselves being mostly from France, Spain, Brazil, and Italy. Read more ...