Sr. Maria Rosa
Growing up in rural Ireland in the 1930s, I was nurtured from childhood by the beauty of its landscape and especially by the give-and-take, the love, laughter and tears environment of a large family.
The motto of the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul the Apostle is to go where there is a need.
The Sisters are involved in education, Parish Work, prison Chaplaincy, Counselling and Care of the sick and elderly. For myself in recent years I’ve found that this motto has changed my life.
I left my village, Sabaoani, Moldova, on the 30th May 1994. I travelled all night by train with my father. We arrived in Campulung on the 31st May in the afternoon. I remember my father saying that if the place wasn’t suitable to go back home with him. During our meal Sr. Agnes came and welcomed us.
I have been a Sister of Charity of St Paul the Apostle for 35 years
My early days began in a small housing estate outside Manchester. I was born in to a Catholic family. Both of my parents were from Ireland. I feel that I inherited from them, a very deeply rooted faith.
I entered the Congregation in September 1967. Even though the journey from the airport struck me as strange with all the red brick houses in a very built up area, there were so many Sisters from Limerick in Selly Park, Birmingham where I was doing my Novitiate, that I felt very much at home.
My name is Sr. Jean Searson and I am part of the Hospital Chaplaincy Team at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. I have had the privilege of being able to minister for over 20 years.
My first major calling or journey - I left Dublin aged 18 to enter into religious life on 8th September 1971 with the Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle in Selly Park in Birmingham, our motherhouse. I came to Birmingham knowing no one, “but I felt I had come home: