SR Consilio, the Kerry-born founder of nationwide addiction treatment organisation Cuan Mhuire has travelled to Boston for a 12-day promotional and fundraising trip.
The Brosna-born nun jetted out to the North American city on Monday where will spend 12 days outlining Cuan Mhuire's services and will appeal for assistance from Boston residents and corporations.
Sr Consilio's itinerary includes meetings with various organisations as well as well as hosting a sequence of organised events. A spokesperson said Cuan Mhuire was facing increased demand for its Irish services.
"Unprecendented demand for services, coupled with the enormous difficulty in fundraising from the severe recession that has hit the island, Sr Consilio and Cuan Mhuire have taken the step of looking to the city of Boston for assistance," the spokesperson said.
Cuan Mhuire is Ireland's largest voluntary provider of rehabilitation treatment for individuals suffering from addiction and other related issues. Since its formation in 1966 by Sr. Consilio, Cuan Mhuire has treated over 75,000 people.
At any one time Cuan Mhuire has 600 people in treatment through their nationwide centres in Bruree, Co Limerick; Farnanes, Co Cork; Athy, Co Kildare; Coolarne, Co Galway, and Newry, Co Down.
As part of her busy schedule, Sr Consilio will attend a civic reception where she will meet Cardinal Archbishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, speak at the Irish Leaders of New England Awards 2012, attend an Irish Pastoral Centre banquet, and attend St Brendan's Parish, Dorchester Family Day/Information Day, amongst other activities.