27 SEPT, 2018. The last few months has seen the closing or relocation of three communities in Ireland - Middletown, Co. Armagh, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, and Clones, Co. Monaghan.
In a special Thanksgiving Mass on June 15, Bishop Eamon Martin, Primate of all Ireland, came in person to say thank you to the Middletown community, Co. Armagh, and all the Sisters of St Louis who had worked there over more than 140 years. The people turned out in force to express their thanks to the sisters, who have long been at the heart of this community of faith and were now moving on - two sisters to Monaghan and two to Armagh.
On July 14, a Thanksgiving Mass took place in St Joseph’s Church, Carrickmacross, to pay tribute to the St Louis Sisters’ contribution to the town over the years. The Sisters in Carrickmacross Convent are sadly in the process of moving out of the convent permanently, as the electrical wiring is unsafe and the convent does not belong to the Sisters of St Louis. There is also a problem with the outer wall of the convent, which is bulging. he few remaining sisters, are in the process of moving to a smaller house near the convent, known as Iona, which is currently being renovated.
On August 19, the parish of Clones offered a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sisters of St Louis who had lived and ministered in the parish for the past 118 years. Less than a week later, the last member of the Clones community, Loreto Hickey SSL, who spent 47 years in Clones, transferred to her new community in 8 Grosvenor Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, on Friday, August 24.
To read more about the closing and relocation of these three communities, click on the latest edition of Musings, our monthly newsletter - Issue 78.