THE Irish and Australian Superior Generals of the Sisters of Charity Order on Monday joined Cardinal Hume for a celebratory Mass which marked the birth 200 years ago of their foundress Mary Aikenhead.
The Order was the first to go to Australia with the penal convoys last century to offer succour to prisoners there.
Mary Aikenhead convertect to Catholicism aged 16 having been born of a middle class family and having been deeply affected by poverty and suffering as she went around with her Presbyterian doctor father.
The event, attended by 120 nuns of the English and Scottish provinces, was held at St Joseph's Hospice, Hackney, another establishment run by the sisters.
• Another Hospice, which cares for the terminally ill, is aiming to raise £25,000 by cycling from St John's Wood to Norwich on June 22. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, run by the Sisters of Mercy, has cared for four hundred patients suffering from terminal cancer.
For sponsorship please contact Sister Mary Mellitus at 60, Grove End Road, NW8.