Sr Bridget Gillen, OP
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Sr Bridget Gillen, OP


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Track 1: Growing up in Moville, Co Donegal in the 1930s. She talks about her education and joining the Dominican Sisters. Track 2: Her first appointment to South Africa in 1959. Her journey to Cape Town. Teaching in a convent school for coloured pupils. Track 3: Troubled times during partheid. Teaching black students in townships. Track 4: How students’ attitudes changed after South Africa’s first mixed school was set up. Track 5: Was headmistress of a coloured school in Cape Town in a temporary capacity. The awareness of injustice there. The fall-off in vocations. Her return to Ireland in 2004.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

IMU Missionary Stories Project


160 kbps

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48 hours

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10.85 MB, 8.47 MB, 11.44 MB, 5.39 MB, 11.39 MB

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A Missionary in South Africa for 40 years

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore