Irish Religious Sisters’ photo exhibition to be held in Rome

31 Jan, 2024 | Church, News, World

The International Union Superiors General (UISG) will host the “Irish Religious Sisters’ Photographic Exhibition” from 2 to 4 February next.  The inspiration for the exhibition came from the social history project ‘Daring to Hope – Irish Religious Sisters Embracing the Unknown 1923-2023′, which was launched by Caoimhe de Barra, CEO of Trócaire.  Ms de Barra noted that, over the years, many Religious ‘broke the glass ceilings’ for thousands women that followed.  A similar event was hosted by Sean Fleming TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, in Iveagh House on 2 October last.

Throughout the past 100 years, Irish Religious Sisters with dedicated colleagues, responded to the call of the Gospel.  The story of their courageous response to wide ranging social needs at home and abroad, is told through photos, provided by many religious congregations and societies. This social history project was the initiative of a voluntary group, who, with the support of the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) Executive Council, assembled the exhibition and are now sharing it across Ireland.

To date, the exhibition has been on display in Tullamore for the AMRI Leaders; Kylemore Abbey; Cuan Mhuire, Athy; Nano Nagle Centre, Cork and the SMA Parish Centre in Wilton, Cork.  At the invitation of Frances Collins, Irish Ambassador to the Holy See, the exhibition will be displayed in Saint Isidore’s Franciscan Friary in Rome, as part of the Saint Brigid’s Day celebration.  From there the UISG leadership has arranged for the exhibition to be viewed during an international event in Rome, organised by the Vatican Dicastery for Consecrated Life.  In each venue, the photographs reflecting three distinct eras of religious life during the past 100 years, have evoked interesting, honest discussions. The UISG will host the exhibition:

AMRI will be represented in Rome for the Exhibition.

Friday 2 February from 12.00pm to 4.00pm

Saturday 3 February from 10.00am to 4.00pm

To read more on Irish Religious Sisters Photographic Exhibition, click on links below:

Irish Religious Sisters Photographic Exhibition 1

Irish Religious Sisters Photographic Exhibition 2

Future venues

  • Christ the King Church Centre, Cabra: 20 to 25 February 2024
  • Margaret Aylward Centre, Holy Faith Sisters: 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day
  • Dominican Centre, Cabra: April, date to be confirmed.

For more information about this project email  [email protected]



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