WATERFORD – KILLEA
ROSMINIAN CONVENT Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
In 1936, a house was opened in Wexford, Ireland. For a number of years it was a house of formation but in 1981 it was sold and a smaller house was opened in Killea, Dunmore East in Co. Waterford as a House of Prayer and a holiday house for the Sisters. The Sisters there undertook parish ministry and that ministry continues to this day.
My name is Sr Rosita Boylan, my present ministry is working as a Pastoral Worker in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore in South East Ireland. This ministry originated when I retired from teaching in London after 30 years at the “chalk face”.
My apostolate at present involves implementing the outcomes of meetings in practical ways, such as visiting sick parishioners in 6 nursing homes in the Waterford area and 2 hospitals in the parish. I am a Eucharistic Minister and Reader in this parish and in Killea parish where I live. The work also includes befriending homeless women and families in charity housing.
I am also involved in areas of Religious Education. This involves supporting staff in 3 schools in the parish and preparing small groups of children for the sacraments of Baptism, Penance and Eucharist. Most of these children do not attend Catholic schools. Since the three sisters retired to Loughborough, I live on my own here. I frequently visit our sisters in Belfast and Dublin and also keep in touch with them through Skype and mobile etc. I have also made friends with and socialise with many other religious in the city as well.
with members of the parish after the celebration of the arrival of the Eucharist Congress Bell.
In this photo Mr Francis Keegan who was organist in St John’s Parish Church in Waterford for 60 years (now in his late 80s) is been presented with the Pro Ecclesia Medal for his lifelong service in the Parish. After his retirement from teaching he did voluntary work with pupils in Waterpark College. The head teacher Mr Tom Beecher of Waterpark College is sitting on his left and on his right is Bishop William Lee, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, beside the bishop on his right is Rev Fr. Liam Power, the parish priest of St John’s Parish. I am immediately behind the bishop and the rest of the group are members of the choir.