‘Do good and heal’ – Sr Consilio speaks to Eucharistic Congress Christ’s Mission
Sr Consilio Fitzgerald, founder of the Cuan Mhuire Centres which on a daily basis care for up to 600 people on their way back to recovery from addiction, speaking at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin told those present that what has happened in Cuan Mhuire “would not have been possible were it not for the presence of Christ in our lives and in each of our Cuan Mhuire’s”.
The Sister of Mercy Nun who founded her first Cuan Mhuire over 47 years ago and is in the processing of completing a new multi million pound Regional Addiction Centre in Newry, emphasised to the large attendance at her talk on “Addiction, Communion and Healing” that “Christ’s mission as the Eucharistic Congress prayer points out, was to “do good” and “to heal”.
In her talk Sr Consilio outlined the prevalence of Addiction and the realities of Addiction both at a financial and most importantly human level, and she outlined how she, her staff and volunteers dealt with the burden of alcoholism and substance misuse in our society.
“We are committed as a way of life, to serving each of our residents and their families in the way we would serve Christ himself. The reality is that, they are one and the same” said the Kerry born Nun who continued, “I could say to you here today that without the support of Our Blessed Lady, the daily miracle of caring for over 600 people at any one time, and many more times that number in our transition houses, simply could not happen.”
Sr Consilio reaffirmed to all that despite the growing economic and recession problems she and all connected with Cuan Mhuire would continue to keep the doors of her Centres open for all who come to them for support. The services offered by Cuan Mhuire are accessible to all irrespective of gender, class or creed, she added.
The Cuan Mhuire Stand, which was operated by staff and volunteers from the various Centres throughout Ireland, was visited by many thousands of people all over the week long Congress, and Sr Consilio thanked all those who pledged support. She appealed to anyone who could help Cuan Mhuire to feel free to contact her at the Dublin Road Facility just outside Newry.
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