09/02/2022 – st Teresa of Child Jesus

Sr Francisca Teresa of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face (named after the Little Flower) turned 99 years old this year. She has been a cloistered Carmelite nun for almost 80 years.

Sister was the oldest of eight children. She recalls that her grandmother’s love of the Blessed Virgin “ served as a guide in my life,” “My family was very decisive in my vocation. My father was a man of prayer, he not only went to Mass, I saw him pray.

Praying the Rosary as a family for me was an everyday thing,” “The Blessed Virgin held a privileged place in my family, She was the mistress of the house, the Queen of the home.” Even though “we didn’t lack difficulties in life, when you have faith, everything is experienced differently, even suffering finds its meaning. I learned all this in my family.”

Sister Francisca Teresa has wonderful words for us “ I can say that I have been happy in my consecrated life,” In religious life “I haven’t been without difficulties, but it’s worth living a life given to God. The greatest desire of my heart has been union with Jesus, to be Light with him. And I very much want to see him soon.”Sister Francisca Teresa calls Mary “My Dear Mother Virgin” and that “in her I find everything. I invite you to try invoking her as a mother.” (ACI Prensa)

Abbeyleix – Our Lady’s Grotto, Ballinakill, Thornberry at 1pm

Arklow – St Mary’s Park at Main Street

Athlone – Fair Green Car Park at 1pm

Carlingford – Opposite the Village green and beside the Coastal Wall at 1pm

Cork – 2pm at the Grand Parade

Dublin – North Earl Street (by the Spire) at 2pm

Ennis – The Square at 1pm

Kells – Headford Place at 4pm

Kilkenny – 1pm at St James’ Green (next to the Cathedral)

Knock – 1pm at the Plaza

Limerick – Thomas Street at 1pm

Moville Inishowen – market Square at 1pm

Portadown – Market Street at 1pm

Sligo – Wine Street Car Park at 2pm

Thurles – Outside Scoil Angela, The Square at 2pm

Tralee – The Square at 1pm

Tubbercurry (Sligo) – The Square at 3pm

Waterford – Barronstrand Street (near McDonalds) at 3pm

Wexford – On the Quay (Opposite South East Radio) at 12 Noon