New retirement house for missionary sisters

“Irish missionaries have made a tremendous contribution to the image of Ireland around the world,” said former Taoiseach John Bruton, performing the opening ceremony of Shanahan House, the new retirement home for the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary.

The building in Artane, Dublin was erected to meet an urgent accommodation need and is where the sisters come home to after a lifetime spent in missionary work in Africa and South America.

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown blessed the building, praying that it would be a place of peace, deep prayer and of continued service to the community.

Sr Maureen O’Malley, congregational leader, welcomed more than 100 guests,
two of whom, Helen Smith and David Frame, presented a crucifix which was a gift from the order’s founder, Bishop Joseph
Shanahan, to their grandfather, David

Past students of Holy Rosary schools in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Cameroon also gave testimony of how their education prepared them for life.