What We Do

What We Do

The Sisters in the past mostly worked in our Hospitals as Nurses, Physiotherapists, Laboratory Technicians, Doctors and Radiographers. The Irish province ran a training school for student nurses.
Today, we don’t run Hospitals in Ireland. Instead, we’re involved in social and pastoral work. That work happens in hospitals, hospices and prisons and takes the form of counselling and chaplaincy. Sisters are also involved in work with refugees and the homeless. We’re active in bereavement support groups and environmental work.

How we allocate our assets

We support our retired Sisters to live life as fully as possible and ensure they are cared for with dignity and respect. We provide significant financial support to charities working with the most vulnerable members of society, here in Ireland and overseas, as you can see from the chart below.

Name of Charity/Group     Financial support in 2021
Focus Ireland     €240,000
Peter McVerry Trust     €200,000
Dublin Simon Community     €150,000
St Vincent de Paul, National Office     €50,000
Capuchin Day Centre     €50,000
Goal     €20,000
Threshold     €20,000
Simon Community, mid-West     €15,000
Trocaire (€10,000)
Haiti earthquake appeal (€2,000)
Gianna Care     €10,000
Sophia House     €10,000
St Vincent de Paul, Limerick     €10,000
St Vincent de Paul, Ballinteer     €10,000
Merchants Quay Ireland     €10,000
Concern Worldwide     €10,000
Unicef, Covid Vaccine     €10,000
Killarney Immigrant Support Centre (KASI)     €10,000
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International missionary work

The South Africa and Zimbabwe Region was historically a Region of the Irish Province of the Little Company of Mary. There remains a very strong link between them, with a number of Irish Sisters living and working in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Sisters in South Africa and Zimbabwe minister to the sick, poor and needy. We respond to international crisis by supporting other charities throughout the world.

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Our life is nourished by daily personal and communal prayer, prayer of the Church, contemplation, adoration, prayer for the sick, dying and suffering of the world, Liturgy, Lectio Divina, Eucharistic celebration, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, shared community life and prayer.

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Where We Work

The Little Company of Mary is a world-wide ministry. We have Sisters, Associates and Affiliates based in various places in Ireland.

Safeguarding Policies

Our Safeguarding Policy

The Little Company of Mary Sisters respects the dignity and rights of all people especially children and are committed to providing best practice to ensure their safety and protection by our Safeguarding policy. The Little Company of Mary follows the guidance of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.