Blog from Glecairn
"What a weekend!! This weeks gospel was about generosity and our weekend was full of smiles and generosity from all the sisters in Glencairn and all in Mount Melleray. They had us spoilt and we had absolutely everything we could ask for and much much more. The convent had such a homely, welcoming feel to it. The gorgeous sisters welcomed us with open arms and hearts and we knew from word go that this was going to be a special experience. Saturday flowed so beautifully and each and every person we spoke to had such a lovely story to share with us that was inspiring us without them even realising. We learned from the sisters that each and everyone of their callings was different but extremely special and God is a man of patience and mystery and that is what makes it all the more exciting. We spent the weekend hosted in the monastery in MountMelleray by Fr.Denis Luke who took such good care of us and who made us feel like we were at home. Meeting the Mother of Mercy lads who were also guests in the monastery was an extra special treat on the journey wow,what an inspiring group of men who are glowing with the Holy Spirit! We are all going to the same destination but we are all on different paths and thankfully this weekend our path crossed with the wonderful people it did! We seen that God was really having a laugh this weekend putting team Waterford together 8 girls who aren't singers and everywhere we went we were asked to sing, we even sang as the choir at mass on Sunday in MountMelleray! The holy spirt got us through and that was an experience in itself.
Bishop Phonsie Cullinan said to us on Saturday about how you can climb Mount Everest and feel achievement, you can go on a Rollercoaster and feel excitement but it is nothing in comparison to the achievement and excitement we feel in dedicating our lives to Christ. After this weekend and after meeting the people we have met I can honestly say this is true. A weekend that will forever hold a special place in my heart, my heart is ready to burst with love for each and every person I have met this weekend! God bless you all today and always you are so special" xx Aoibheann
Rise of the Roses Waterford 🌹
"It was truly a weekend that was both inspirational, unforgettable and filled with the Holy Spirit. From the word go the smiles on everyones faces lit up the bus until we all departed. From Mount Melleray Monastery to St.Mary's Abbey we were welcomed as if we were family and we had known each other a thousand years. Each person we encountered from all the sisters ,Fr.Denis and all the fathers, the Bishop and everyone we met the Holy spirit had filled everyones hearts and God had put us here for a reason.
When we arrived at Glencarin the scenery was breathtaking and the sisters welcomed us with such tenderness and love. The sun shone brightly through the leaves of the trees and we knew that God was watching over us and the day was going to be amazing. Everybody we talked to praised our good work ,but to the people who came and all the sisters they were the people who needed praising because without them the whole day would not be possible. Hearing the sisters faith testimonies so was inspirational because the are all so different, some got the call from a young age and some when they were older but the thing that they all have in common is the way God touched their hearts and has brought them to where they are today.
When Bishop Francie was talking he said a phrase that I'm still thinking about today and has really touched me . He said you don't need to climb Mount Everest or go to Hawaii and go surfing to find happiness or achievement, but when you climb to God thats when you will find true happiness in yourself and your heart. And the sisters are a true example of that , the are full of happiness and contentment with the life that they live and it is truly a beautiful life. The day couldn't have gone any better it was truly a blessing.
When we went back to Mount Melleray we had a sing song with the guests and Fr.Dennis. We were all strangers but that night we came together and became a community all singing from our hearts as one. Then the following day we were asked to sing at mass which is such an honour and such an incredible experience. That whole weekend, us non singers became a choir and as Pope Francis said "God is not afraid of new things! This is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways" and this is truly what happened in Waterford.
We went back to the covenant after Sunday mass to say thank you to the sisters for everything they had done for us, but thank you was just not enough for the things they had done and the way they insoiried us by their witness. We said our goodbyes and left for the journey back home. This was not a sad farewell but rather a happy one since I can truly say that i have made friendships that will last a lifetime and memories that will always live in my heart for all the days of my life!" Alaina