On Tuesday 2nd February the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin marked the Day for Consecrated Life with a liturgical ceremony in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow.

Kildare and Leighlin Diocese marks World Day for Consecrated Life

A unique gathering of over two hundred men and women from Religious Orders across the diocese took place in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow on the evening of 2 February. The occasion marked the World Day for Consecrated Life an annual day initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

The wide range of religious orders in the diocese was clear on the night with members from the following communities present – the Mercy and Presentation Sisters, the Patrician and Christian Brothers, Dominicans, Jesuits, members of St. Patricks Missionary Society, Brigidine Sisters, Carmelites, Divine Word Missionaries, Capuchins, Holy Family of Bordeaux Sisters, Daughters of Mary and Joseph and Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, St. John of God Sisters, as well as members of the diocesan clergy.

A very special feature of the night was the presence of six sisters of the Poor Clare Community, Graiguecullen a unique event in both their history and that of the diocese.

All present, including parishioners from the local parishes, took part in a full celebration of Evening Prayer a service of sung psalms, readings and prayers. During the service prayers were offered in English, Irish, Slovak, Filipino & Ibo reflecting the cultural richness that religious orders are currently bringing to the life of the diocese.

Invited speaker for the evening was Sr. Margaret Mac Curtain who spoke of the reality and challenge of religious life in the 21st century. Sr. Margaret is a Dominican Sister now in retirement. She taught in Sion Hill secondary school, and in the History Department,University College Dublin. Her present activity is with the Ageing Well Network on the End of Life dimension. She recently published a collection of her essays “Ariadne’s Thread: writing Women into Irish History”.

The evening concluded with an invitation to join Bishop Jim Moriarty in the parish centre for refreshments afterwards an opportunity for all who gathered to pray together to chat before heading back to their own communities.