The Sisters who reside in the Parish and help minister in various capacities (Sr.Finbar & Sr.Kitty) can be contacted at 01-2956881.


The Order was founded in 1535 in Italy by Sr.Angela Merici.

She named her nuns Ursulines in hounour of St.Ursula, an early martyr, to whom she had great devotion.

The Ursuline Order is spread all over the world and the sisters are engaged in many ministries like teaching at all levels, nursing, counselling, retreat giving, prayer groups, parish ministry etc. The Ursulines came to Sandyford Parish in 1989 and live across the road from St.Mary’s Church in the village. Their principal work is in parish where they help with liturgies, playing the organ at church functions including weddings and funerals. They prepare catholic children attending non-catholic schools for the sacraments, help with the children’s Sunday liturgy, with the mother’s & toddlers group, bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, and other church activities.

The Irish Ursulines have a number of convents in Ireland, Wales and Africa where a vibrant group of young Kenyan Sisters carry on the tradition of St.Angela. The Community welcome enquiries from those who are interested in religious life.
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