A talk by Biddy Rose Tiernan & Shelagh Mary Waspe
REFLECTIONS ON CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS LIFE & CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS
Saturday 20 July 2019 at a meeting of WAACSA.
Sr Biddy Rose Tiernan is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, one of three Congregations who share a foundress, St Julie Billiart. The Congregations were separated in 19th Century Europe after the breakup of the Napoleonic Empire. Biddy belongs to the ‘Belgian’ branch. Biddy has served in her Congregation’s leadership on several occasions. Her professional background is in education, and she was the second Director of the Catholic Institute of Education. Biddy has always coupled her work in education with Social Justice ministry.
Shelagh Mary Waspe is a member of the Association of the Holy Family, which has five branches. She is of the apostolic branch – the other four being a contemplative one, associates, and secular and associate clergy branches. Shelagh Mary began her apostolic life as a Holy Family Sister in the medical world. She has served several terms in leadership in roles. Throughout, she has been very involved in Social Justice ministry, and was for a time Vicar for Justice and Peace in the Johannesburg Archdiocese.
Between them, Shelagh Mary and Biddy Rose carry the experience of over 100 years of Consecrated Religious Life. Both are foundation members of Sisters for Justice, a group that has been meeting since the early 1980s.
WE ARE ALL CHURCH (WAACSA), a movement of Catholics in South Africa who are committed to the Gospel message and the ongoing renewal of the Church initiated by the Second Vatican Council, hosts a monthly talk – usually on the 3rd Saturday, at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Rosebank. For more information call Douglas Irvine, 082‑330‑3043.
Where the Spirit is, there is freedom (2 Cor 3:17)