Airdrie is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. This was predominantly a market town where travellers would stop off on their way to Glasgow or Edinburgh. As with much of Scotland, mining and weaving was prevalent, but the mines are long gone, although some can still be found filled in but apparent as hillocks around the town. The Sisters of Charity arrived in Airdrie in 1957 and they opened Assumption House, a Nursing Home for 16 elderly people. The Sisters were involved in other parish activities as the need arose. In 1986 the Sisters moved from Assumption House to a new purpose built Convent and Hospice in Henderson Street with the new name of St. Andrew’s Hospice. On the 15th August the feast of the Assumption 1998 the Sisters moved into a new Convent separate from the Hospice but still very much part of it. We are eight in Community at present: Sisters Agnes, Rose, May, Mary, Maria, Marie Veronica, Catherine and Patricia. We are involved in a variety of ministries.
Sr Agnes is on sabbatical. Agnes is based in Airdrie during her sabbatical.
Sr Rose works in the day hospice and is involved in many activities taking place there.
Sr May is an associate chaplain. May is a member of the ecumenical chaplaincy team in the Western General Hospital and Beatson Oncology Unit, Glasgow.
Sr Mary is the pastoral assistant in St Margaret’s parish, Airdrie. Mary is involved in the many parish ministries such as St Vincent de Paul Society, Bereavement group, home visiting and taking communion to the sick and housebound.
Sr Maria is part-time chaplain in Monklands Hospital, Airdrie. Maria visits people of all denominations. In her spare time she paints and so fund-raises for the Hospice.
Sr Marie Veronica is retired due to ill health.
Sr Catherine is Director of Mission at St Andrew’s Hospice. Catherine works with staff and volunteers and aims to ensure the ethos and mission is adhered to. She says it is a great privilege to be involved with such dedicated people who provide such essential care both as staff within the hospice and our 600 volunteers who give generously of their time. Catherine’s involvement in the hospice is also providing pastoral care to the sick and support to their families. She helps the busy fund-raising department with their work in schools where they have strong links with the Hospice. She is also a Trustee and attends senior management meetings.
Sr Patricia is retired due to ill health.