I am from a large family who live in Kildare in Ireland and have six sisters and three brothers. All my family still live in or around Kildare with their families and I love to join them during the holiday times. I was educated by the Presentation Sisters and after a year working, I entered the Congregation and was Professed. I came to work in England and worked as a Primary School teacher for 14 years. I then attended a Formation Course in America and became parish Sister in Redditch in the Diocese of Birmingham.
When I came to the Diocese of Nottingham, I was parish Sister in Mansfield and then appointed to Derby but for the last ten years I have been in St Augustine’s Parish. I came to be a presence in this parish, and I am part of all life and activities. I enjoy the work I am involved with including Sacramental programmes. I am a Eucharistic Minister and so visit or telephone the sick and housebound. I assist in preparing the children for Holy Communion which involves visiting the school. I support the families and see my ministry as one of welcome as I journey with them.
I visit the local Refugee Forum welcoming Asylum Seekers and refugees and love to meet and greet them in the café plus, I look after the children’s corner. If requested, I help some who want to learn the English Language as they have come here unable to communicate in English.
I enjoy spending a day each week helping Special Needs Adults in an art & Craft Workshop in Derby.
I am happy to be a member of the Pastoral Team of the Catholic Community of East Nottingham focussing on ‘parish as mission community’, to proclaim the Word of God, celebrate the Sacraments and exercise the ministry of charity. May we share the love of God as we accompany one another on our faith journey.
Sr Philomena Rooney.