“The love of Christ urges us” (2 Cor. 5:14-15).
The Spirituality of our Congregation is very much that of our Founders, Bishop Thomas Furlong, Sr. Visitation Clancy and her companions and our Patron, St. John of God. Their spirituality was a response to God’s call as they discerned it through prayer and in the reality of life as it was at the time.
The Spirituality of the first Sisters of St John of God was also influenced by their early formation in the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours of Paris.
Today we aspire to respond to the changing patterns and needs of our society and the particular demands of time and place. Our spirituality ‘is contemplative in attitude and action and focused on God’s mission’ (Constitutions 53). We nurture this relationship through personal and community prayer, contemplation, the Eucharist and through attentiveness to the Gospel Call to show the compassionate care of Christ for all people and the whole of creation.
In recent years our Spirituality has deepened and developed as we became more aware of the imperative “to take personal and corporate action to care for our common home, aware of the hospitality of the earth and our role as co-creators with God who is being revealed in the here and now” (Call of Chapter 2019).
We endeavour to imbue our places of ministry with our spirituality – especially in our Retreat & Conference Centres at Ballyvaloo and Safety Bay.
Our Emblem is a ripe open pomegranate surmounted by a cross.