By Katie Ascough - 27 December, 2019
According to the Irish Catholic, Adoration Sisters from Bride Street Church in Wexford have been honoured by Bishop Denis Brennan in the wake of their departure from their convent of 144 years. Bishop Brennan dedicated his homily to the local sisters and praised them for their “commitment and dedication”.
The building in which the nuns had resided will now be used as accommodation for American students. The sisters’ next home is with the Sisters of St John of God on Newtown Road.
According to their website, and implied by their name, the Adoration Sisters take “Our Eucharistic Lord” as their model. They live a balanced life of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Office, work, study, and recreation. The charisms they live by include community, joy, peace, freedom, simplicity, poverty, chastity and obedience.
As stated by the sisters on their website: “We celebrate the Eucharist and the Divine Office in choir every day. The sisters spend at least one and a half hours daily in the Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. There is always ample time for private prayer, and spiritual reading. On Sunday evenings vespers is celebrated with the people of the parish, and with any one who wishes to join with us.
“There is plenty of scope for creative and artistic talent in the workroom, where we make vestment, alter linens, and everything that is needed for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Time to relax and enjoy our surroundings is a very important part of our life. There are two periods of recreation every day, when we come together to find relaxation and pleasure in each others’ company.”
Referring to the Adoration Sisters moving in with the Sisters of St John of God, Bishop Brennan said in his December homily, reported in the Irish Catholic, that it is fitting that “both spiritual daughters of Bishop Furlong, should, while maintaining their unique and different charisms, be together.”