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With the FCJ Sisters of Northwest England

In Sr. Katherine Mary's welcome talk, she said:

This corner of the Northwest of England with its industry and docklands has a long and rich FCJ history. Marie Madeleine established communities here in the 1840’s in response to the great need for education especially the education of poor children. We read in "God’s Faithful Instrument" that Marie Madeleine heard from Bishop Brown of Liverpool of the grave social evils resulting from the industrialisation of the Port of Liverpool, the misery of life in overcrowded areas, the degradation of men and women without instruction in their faith and without hope, young children employed in the textile industry knotting threads on a loom for a few pence... As a result Marie Madeleine 'lost her heart to the poor of Liverpool'.

Morning March to Golgotha painting.

The painting at the left is titled "Morning March to Golgotha". This very large painting hangs over the mantel in the lounge here in Loyola Hall. The painting was done by David Barlow in 1990 and given to the Jesuits in gratitude. It makes very real the Liverpool to which Marie Madeleine and the first FCJs came.

The FCJ Sisters arrived in 1844, just 14 years after the Railway!

You can read more about the early beginnings in Liverpool and the subsequent history in "With Devotedness and Love" by Sr. Mary Campion McCarren fcJ.

Given this background, you can imagine our delight to have the opportunity of visiting with the FCJ Sisters in the Northwest of England, who carry on the tradition of 'devotedness and love'.

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Chapter cake made by Catherine Bibby, fcJ.
Chapter cake made by
Catherine Bibby, fcJ

Visiting with the FCJs.

FCJ Sisters from the Northwest.

Visiting with the FCJs.

Visiting with the FCJs.

 

We were especially glad to welcome:

Visiting with the Sisters from the Northwest.



Visiting with the Sisters from the Northwest.

Visiting with the Sisters from the Northwest.

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Reflection by Marion Dooley fcJ
on the visit of the FCJ Sisters from Kersal, October 17, 2011

Sr. Elizabeth Garraghan fcJ.It was wonderful today to meet a number of FCJs from Kersal whom I have not met for many years. Practically all the Sisters were in wheelchairs but what was remarkable was their great serenity and joy. They were as pleased to meet us as we were to meet them.

For many years when living in Indonesia we received regular letters of support and encouragement from Sr. Elizabeth Garraghan fcJ. I was always in admiration of her great faithfulness to keeping in touch with us as a fledgling group. Today, for the first time, I had the pleasure of meeting her. Elizabeth was bright and alert. On seeing my name badge she said, 'Good to meet you, Marion; you're from Myanmar.' I was so happy to put this smiling face to the name Elizabeth Garraghan and to express personally my gratitude for all her love and support through letters down the years.

She is representative of the many wonderful FCJ women who have retired from active ministry but whose hearts are still on fire with love of Jesus and the world.