Returning Home – a radio documentary about 6 Irish missionary sisters

“For me personally, it was a privilege to meet these remarkable women. Though humble about what they did, they shared their experiences with great warmth and generosity. I am very grateful to them for allowing me to share their story.”
– Patrick Baker, Documentary maker

Returning Home is a new radio documentary that tells the story of six extraordinary women who have spent most of their lives working overseas and have now returned home. These women are in their 70s and they are all Missionary Sisters. Their stories go from living in shacks in Chile, to working in orphanages in India and prisons in Sao Paulo.

The Missionary Sisters left Ireland in the 1950s and 60s with their long habits and rosary beads. They lived through wars, genocides, and natural disasters. They established institutions, lobbied governments, and they set up medical centres and support structures. After decades overseas the sisters are now returning home, where they continue to work fiercely for the rights of others.

A lifetime ago… Missionary sisters journey to the ends of the Earth

The documentary maker, Patricia Baker, says: “For me personally, it was a privilege to meet these remarkable women. Though humble about what they did, they shared their experiences with great warmth and generosity. I am very grateful to them for allowing me to share their story.”

Returning Home is a Curious Broadcast production funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television license fee. It will broadcast on Newstalk 106-108Fm on Sunday 5th August at 7am (GMT), with a repeat broadcast on Saturday 11th August at 9pm (GMP). You may access Newstalk 106-108Fm by clicking here. 

After the broadcast the documentary will be available as a podcast on the Newstalk website and on the Curious Broadcast website which can be accessed by clicking here.