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‘Sister’s Café’ aims to raise awareness of nuns

By editor - 15 February, 2016

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A new pop up café is to open its doors on 25 February aimed at developing awareness among young women of the role that Irish Sisters play in society.

‘The Sister’s Café’ is being run in conjunction with Vocations Ireland.

It hopes to open up conversations between Irish nuns and women between 20 and 35 who may be interested in learning more about spirituality and the role that Sisters play in modern day Irish communities.

Congregations from eight female religious orders including the Medical Missionaries of Mary, Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Motherhood, the Dominicans, Salesians, Daughters of Charity, Marie Reparatrice Sisters, and St Joseph of Cluny Sisters will be there to meet, greet and share conversation.

There will also be the opportunity to learn more about vocations and the meaningful role that a Sister can play in assisting the more vulnerable in society.

Commenting on the venture, Dominican Sr Edel Murphy said, “The Sister Café will be a social place where women can get a real sense of the impact we make and what faith can bring to the broader community.”

“We are aware that many people don’t have an understanding of our work – this gives us an opportunity to share what our life is really like. Women who are interested in education, health, society and parish work will get a first hand insight into the life as a sister.”

Director of Vocations Ireland Margaret Cartwright added, “Young women regularly approach us about potential vocations and yet there is no open forum which enables them to really explore their options. We believe our little café will allow women to get to know our lifestyle a lot better.”

The Sister Café opens on the evening of 25 February in the Dominican Adult Education Centre, Merrion Avenue in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Speakers at the inaugural Café include Srs Carmel Ryan, Deirdre Twomey and Julie Buckley.

For more information: www.vocationsireland.com

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