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Marie Emmitt visits Gumley
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The Sisters at Gumley had a delightful visit with Marie Emmitt who is Chair of the FCJ Education Advisory Board in The Province of Asia-Australia. Professor Emmitt, a former student of Genazzano, has many years of educational experience particularly in early childhood development.
In addition to some serious conversation about strengthening the future of our schools under lay leadership, we showed Marie the sights of Richmond Park and enjoyed a visit to Kew Gardens on what was a beautiful long summer evening.
Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Richmond Park, the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. The park is a National Nature Reserve, London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. It is home to the beautiful Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge and herds of Red and Fallow deer.
Rosemary Crowe visits Myanmar
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My visit was both spiritual and educational. The air one breathes is permeated with Buddhist presence and enlightenment.
One of the highlights of the visit was to visit a Bikhuni community (women monks) at the Pagoda where Sr. Agnes fcJ often joins the community in meditation.. They welcomed us like sisters and shared their food and company with us. The Buddhist nuns fast from food from midday each day and never handle money. All of this is looked after by trusted friends.
We were escorted to the peak of Sagaing Hill, overlooking the Irrawaddy River, to pay our respects to a very large Buddha seated on his/her throne. From there we proceeded to the Tittigu Buddhist University, which is devoted to the study of Buddhism.
Marion Dooley fcJ, Rosemary Crowe fcJ and Kathleen Geaney SSC and a friend join the Buddhist Sisters. At this Pagoda, Sr Agnes fcJ often joins the Buddhist community in meditation. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most famous building in Yangon. It is surrounded by many smaller buildings as seen above. This large Buddha is respected by a ceaseless number of pilgrims each day.
Sisters Agnes Samosir fcJ, Marion Dooley fcJ and Fransisca Arti Setiati fcJ, who live in Myanmar and are continuing the missionary work of Marie Madeleine in the Society. Women in Myanmar can be found in a variety of occupations.
A tourist attraction in Mandalay is the U’Bien Bridge, which is made from teak wood, for which Myanmar is famous. The bridge stretches for two miles over the Irrawaddy River and people gather there every evening to watch the beautiful sunsets. Many of the religious carvings have distinctive Myanmarese features.