AGM 2021. Address of the President of the Irish Hospitalité, Ms Máire NíBháin.

When the plane lands in Tarbes I thank our Blessed Lady for inviting me back to work with the sick in Lourdes. I’m full of happiness; I admire the lovely mountains visible enroute. The streets of Lourdes are always full of people. They all look happy as they ramble along. I go to the Grotto and, heeding the late Sr. Patrick’s advice, I offer up, in advance, all the work I’ll do in Lourdes whether on stage or pilgrimage. Another unwritten rule she had was to be always aware of people who might need help, from pushing wheelchairs to lighting candles for people.

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Donation to Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes

At our (online) AGM in October, the Hospitalité voted to make a donation of €500 to the Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes. As with all organisations during this pandemic, and especially in the case of HNDL, subscription income has been badly affected. Lourdes was closed for a good part of the pilgrimage season and while many Hospitaliers sent the «cotisation» by bank transfer, this wasn’t always possible.

Our donation is intended to assist the HNDL in its work during this very difficult period.

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Paying your «cotisation» to HNDL by Bank Transfer

If you have been unable to go to Lourdes, it is possible to pay your «cotisation» or subscription by bank transfer.

The details you will need are as follows:

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Address of our President, Máire Ní Bháin to the AGM of the Irish Hospitalité, October 18, 2020 (via Zoom)

Máire took the opportunity to speak about the late Sr Mary Patrick, a great friend of Irish Hospitaliers for so many years

Mary Callanan was born in Woodford, Co. Galway on July 21st, 1929. Her father was the local blacksmith. She was the eldest of eight children. There were many vocations to the religious life in the Woodford area – 2 people entered, from many houses. (The area was also a wonderful place for traditional music). Back then nuns priests and brothers visited national schools promoting the religious life. Some pupils went as boarders to the various orders and then decided their future after the Leaving Certificate. Mary went with an order based in France and a year later her sister Peggy joined her. They were allowed 2 hours together on a Sunday afternoon when they could speak English. It happened that the order closed down due to the lack of vocations. The nuns were sent to various convents; the Callanans went to the Sisters of Charity Nevers. Their mother made her way to Nevers on her own for their final profession.

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