Sr Columba O’Flaherty, PBVM (Part 1)
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Sr Columba O’Flaherty, PBVM (Part 1)


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Track 1: Growing up in Gort, Co Galway in the 1910s and 20s. Entering the Presentation sisters, being one of the first in their missionary noviciate. In 1936 her appointment to India, arriving in Bombay, destination Rawalpindi. Track 2: She describes teaching the very poor, known as the ‘Untouchables’, and adjusting to the local conditions. The time of colonialism. Track 3: The Partition in 1947 and its results. The introduction of Islam and the Koran into their schools. Track 4: Her assignment to a hill station at Muree in 1945, opening a boarding school. After eight years she moved to Jhelum. She describes in great detail the burning of villages in the area during very turbulent times. Track 5: Her assignment to Risalpur. Setting up a new school, teaching mostly Muslims. Her principalship there. A short break home. Returning and moving between Muree and Risalpur with her responsibility as Regional Supervisor. Track 6: The war of 1961 in the border area and the legacy which the Sisters left. Her meeting with Mother Teresa. Educating all the children she looked after. Returning home in 1987, totally exhausted from her missionary xperience.

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IMU Missionary Stories Project


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A Missionary in India and Pakistan for 51 years

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Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore