This homily was delivered by Canon Fitzmaurice parish priest of Croom at the Mass to mark the ‘Year for Consecrated Life’ in Dromin Church 

The Sisters of Charity of St. Paul and many Sisters have come from this parish. The Order first came to Kilfinane in 1903 and to Kilmallock in 1927. Thousands of girls throughout Co. Limerick and further afield owe their education to the convents in Kilmallock and Kilfinane. Many of those came from the Parish and some of these went on to join the Order. The Order of Sisters of St. Paul has as one of its philosophies that all children get a primary education to give them a good start in life and also that they would be instructed in the faith. The foundress of this Order, a French woman, Mother Genevieve Dupuis, a lively and spirited Parisienne, and who lived to 90 years of age, once wrote to her Sisters saying “I value the gold of your charity”. 
This evening, as part of the Year of Consecrated Life, we mark and celebrate that golden heritage and tradition not just in that Order but in all the consecrated of this Parish Past and Present. Above all we give thanks to God for their lives. 
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