31 May 2016

Anniversary Celebrations

On the 24th April, following three colourful and lively days of readings, songs and prayers during Solemn Triduum, we celebrated the Anniversary of the death of St Benedict Menni. At this time, all residents, sisters and staff gathered in the siting room and learned more about the life of St Benedict Menni and reflected on his ideas and values.

April and May celebrations at St Theresa’s home.
April and May celebrations at St Theresa’s home.
April and May celebrations at St Theresa’s home.
April and May celebrations at St Theresa’s home.
April and May celebrations at St Theresa’s home.

On the 24th April, following three colourful and lively days of readings, songs and prayers during Solemn Triduum, we celebrated the Anniversary of the death of St Benedict Menni. At this time, all residents, sisters and staff gathered in the siting room and learned more about the life of St Benedict Menni and reflected on his ideas and values.

The Anniversary celebration began with an inspiring mass given by father Chris O’Brian, attended by residents, sisters, staff, volunteers and guests, families and three brothers of St John of God. It was followed by a buffet – we all sat in the sitting room together as a family sharing the festive food prepared in the kitchen. There was music and dancing led by the sisters (who danced to Spanish music from Andre Rieu – La Paloma, Granada) – The priest and some of the residents’ relatives joined in, as well enjoying the jolly celebrative atmosphere.

At the end of the celebration Gwenllian Llyr, a student from the Royal Academy of Music, played some beautiful harp pieces for us.

All residents and staff commented that it was a lovely day and all enjoyed the celebration.

On the 31st May we also celebrated 135 years from the foundation of Sisters Hospitallers. The sisters prepared the celebration with Solemn Novena. Everyone attended Solemn Mass celebrated by Fr Chris O’Brian and Fr Angel Ochogavia, followed by a delicious lunch and a cake specially prepared for the occasion.