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Sr Brenda Dorrian - My Story
Sr Brenda Dorrian - My StoryHow did I get to know the Sisters of Sion?  Very simply …. I was at school with them.

I went to primary school at Our Lady of Sion, Highbury, in London and remember that I was always very happy there as a small child.  When I was eleven, I transferred to Our Lady of Sion, in Holloway, also in North London.

This was an oasis for us children. Our school was situated in a small street called Eden Grove, which was off the busy Holloway Road.  Our area was not renowned for its beauty in this rundown part of London.   However, when we entered our school by the ‘big blue doors’, inside was the beautiful convent and school building, with its well-kept garden. My memories of school were very happy ones and the kindness of the Sisters and staff influenced me greatly. Fairness, consideration and respect for everyone seemed to underlie everything        

In 1962, I decided that I wanted to give my life to God and my way was to enter a religious congregation that devoted itself to ‘social work’.  I considered many congregations, but eventually came back to Sion, because somehow I felt ‘at home’ with the spirit of the Sisters. It was not the special charism of the Congregation that drew me, but the individual sisters as wonderful women.

I went to the Noviciate in Acton Burnell, Shropshire, and after first profession was sent to London to complete my teacher’s training in Home Economics and Religious Studies, at Digby Stuart College, Roehampton.  With continued formation in Sion, my concern for Jewish Christian dialogue was being awakened and my interest in biblical studies was now very much alive.

My training as a Home Economics teacher was now put into practice and I taught for the following sixteen years, first in Worthing, then London and finally in Manchester. It was during these years that the special charism of the Congregation became very rooted and precious to me.  As a Sister of Sion, no matter what work I am involved in, I remain committed to the Church, to the Jewish people and to a world of justice peace and love. To promote dialogue and friendship between faith communities, especially between Jews and Christians, in total respect, is fundamental to me as a Sister of Sion.

I left teaching and worked for a short time with a voluntary organization in Manchester, called  Irish Community Care.  These were very happy years and I gained so much from all the wonderful people whom I met - staff, volunteers and participants

My life then took me to work in Israel for five years in the Old City of Jerusalem, in our convent, Ecce Homo, where I worked alongside our Palestinian staff.  The land of Israel is very important to me and my time there taught  me to hold the situation of two suffering peoples in a realistic way.  I pray daily for ‘the peace of Jerusalem’.

As a Sister of Sion, my three-fold commitment to the Church, to the Jewish people, and to a world of justice, peace and love is now even more enriched by working with the Sisters of The Faithful Companions of Jesus in their Spirituality and Conference Centre in Salford.  May we all continue working together for God’s Kingdom.


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  • Sr Brenda Dorrian - My Story
  • Sr Brenda Dorrian - My Story
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