The new entity was created partially in response to changing realities for the Congregation (fewer and ageing sisters) and partially in response to the demands and increasing complexity within the ministry works. Above all was the desire to ensure that the works of the Sisters continue, grow and flourish through the enhancement of lay leadership.
MAM’s official commencement date of 1 July 2009 was chosen to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the death of Mary Aikenhead, the founder of the Sisters of Charity. This followed MAM being granted canonical status as a Public Juridic Person (PJP) of pontifical right by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on 25 April 2008.
In the words of Sr Elizabeth Dodds rsc, Congregational Leader at the time of MAM’s establishment:
“Our Congregation’s spirit and our inheritance is the gospel privilege of serving others, especially the poor. Our story is one of innovation, courage and conviction. It is our hope that this will continue. We are confident that through Mary Aikenhead Ministries the spirit of service will flourish in new and progressive ways, always alive to the spirit of the times.”
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