History

The Sisters of the Gospel of Life


The Sisters of the Gospel of Life were established by Roseann Reddy and Andrea Fraile in 2000.  They were the first new female religious community to be formed in Scotland for over one hundred and fifty years. Here, Sister Roseann explains the origins of the order.

“On 9 March 1997, the late Cardinal Thomas Winning invited any woman facing a crisis pregnancy, or suffering in the aftermath of abortion to come to the Catholic Church for help. He immediately realised he would need someone to establish his Initiative and asked me if I would be willing to do this.

The two great loves of my life had been, and are, the church and the pro-life cause. I was therefore happy to do what I could, never for a minute knowing that only two short years later I would be going to the Cardinal to say that I felt God was calling us to form a new religious community based on John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life).

Following over a year of discernment and preparation, the ‘sisters’new life began on 1 January 2000. Since then we have lived together in community which, although small, has a powerful effect on many people. Even in this day and age there is an incredible witness value in authentic religious life, lived abundantly for the sake of the Kingdom.

We pray together: daily Mass, daily Holy Hour, Prayer of the Church, Rosary; we also have retreat days, on-going formation, etc.

We live in community, sharing the ordinary things of life – our faith, domestic duties, recreation, friends, family and our vision of a world where all human life is respected and protected from conception to natural death.

We work together at the Pro-Life Initiative which is our main, but not exclusive, apostolate. Our work is challenging, exciting, life-giving and vital in these times. If we had fifty more sisters we could keep them all busy!”

Founding Gifts

The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.

Evangelium Vitae 1

We have been sent. For us, being at the service of life is not a boast but rather a duty, born out of our awareness of being “God’s own people, that we may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (cf. 1 Pet 2:9)

– Evangelium Vitae 79

It is the call for a “sincere gift of self” as the fullest way to realise our personal freedom. It also involves making clear all the consequences of this Gospel. These can be summed up as follows: human life, as a gift of God, is sacred and inviolable. For this reason procured abortion and euthanasia are absolutely unacceptable. Not only must human life not be taken, but it must be protected with loving concern. The meaning of life is found in giving and receiving love, and in this light human sexuality and procreation reach their true and full significance. Love also gives meaning to suffering and death; despite the mystery which surrounds them, they can become saving events. Respect for life requires that science and technology should always be at the service of man and his integral development. Society as a whole must respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every condition of that person’s life.

Evangelium Vitae 81

11 Responses to History

  1. Fr. Carlos Aparecido Marchesani says:

    Hello, dear sisters. I am very happy to know about you and your charism. I am the founder of the Fraternity Saint Gilbert, and our mission is to restoure the dignity of the humankind, especially to those with depression, panic. may God bless you all

  2. Yvonne Andersen says:

    Hello from the United States,
    Your Sisters sound so interesting to me. Can you tell me which Rule you have based your order upon?
    Blessings to you,
    Yvonne Andersen

  3. Albert Usada says:

    It’s good blog with various articles for culture of life, so to be and stay healthy with Jesus Christ – the Light and Source of our life .

  4. Neneng S. Usada says:

    From Indonesia, this blog: inspirational of life for humankind for good life.

  5. Barbara says:

    There is a religious affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana her in the States, Sister Diane Cerallo. She’s a SGL – Sister for the Gospel of Life. She’s the only one I’ve found in her order. She should know about you!
    Please pray for our religious – we actually had a Dominican sister escorting women into abortion centers!
    Thanks for being counter-cultural in the truest, best sense of the word! Hope you watched the Eucharistic Congress in DC this past September. Tears still well up in my eyes remembering the sight of all those holy women – or “Mary ladies”, according to children.
    Please, go into full habits eventually. You’ve no idea what a powerful witness that is!

  6. Theresa says:

    Do you know about “The Sisters of Life” here in the US?

    http://sistersoflife.org/

    Your order sounds similar to them.

  7. Dear Sisters Roseann & Andrea. We have had no contact since I left the Board of Directors of the KSC &, subsequently, the KSC but my heart is still with you.
    Do you ever consider leaving Glasgow to give talks to girls’ schools elsewhere?
    I am now a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem but still have contact with many of my former KSC brothers.
    God Bless your work
    David O’Neill K.H.S
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tel: 0191 264 5771

  8. This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  9. Paula Hagan says:

    This is a truly blessed initiative and badly needed here in the UK. It is so heartening to know, not just about your beautiful work in pregnancy crisis, but also that you answered a call to found a new Religious Order. God bless you Sister Roseann and Sister Andrea.

    Paula Hagan RGN (retired) Dip Ministry & Evangelisation

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