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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Bristol: Sisters act for visit of Mother General
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¬†The Little Sisters of the Poor ≠ based at Bristol's Cotham Hill ≠ has been serving the needs of the city's elderly for over 140 years. St Joseph's Home, which is run by the Sisters, has become a showcase of success in providing new and creative ways of dealing with accommodation and care issues for senior citizens. Now, the Sisters and residents are getting ready to afford a warm welcome to Mother General Celine ≠ the world-wide head of their order ≠ as she pays a special pastoral visit to the community at St Joseph's this Friday and Saturday. A special Mass is planned for Saturday at 9.30am, while a historical play involving students from neighbouring Cotham College will be staged that afternoon at 3pm. The play deals with how the Little Sisters of the Poor came to Bristol at the invitation of Bishop Clifford in 1862 and traces the major developments of their work in Bristol down through the years. A number of residents and staff at St Joseph's have also landed acting roles and will be making their stage debut in genuine costumes from the period. At the end of the play, staff will enter in the traditional dress of their home countries. These include: China, Africa, India, Pakistan, Jamaica, Ireland, England, Namibia, Poland and the Caribbean Islands and should make for a spectacularly colourful sight. Volunteers and associates of the Little Sisters will also be taking part in order to make the visit of Mother General Celine as memorable as possible. Source: Diocese of Clifton
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