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Climate apocalypse now?

There have been negative predictions about the future of ‘life on Earth’ from scientists, economists, and climate scientists and many of todays’ informed activists (both young and old) as far back as one can remember. Maybe our lack of any real  impactful action (personally, socially and politically) capable of creating any long term reversal has in part been due to ...

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I say ‘Peace Upon You’

I say peace to you

“For love of my brethren and friends, I say: Peace upon you!” (Ps 122:8). The first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, on Hiroshima, virtually levelling the city. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.  About 140,000 died in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki. Half the deaths in each city occurred on the day of the ...

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The 2022 Sabbatical Programme

Sabbatical Programme 2022

The Sabbatical Programme at Mount St. Anne’s  is a very particular experience, as the very beautiful  and peaceful surroundings form the best backdrop possible to a 4-week programme that aims to provide just the right rhythm and space to reflect, refresh and renew, through a carefully structured programme of daily prayer, liturgy, and ritual  built around formal inputs by the ...

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Autumn Opportunities at Mt. St. Anne’s

Mount St. Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre (Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois) is located in the heart of the Irish midlands. The very special surroundings and the closeness to nature contribute to the renewal that can be experienced through these Autumn Opportunities on offer through the Centre. All courses will run from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm (GMT). Mount St. Anne’s ...

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I am with you always

On Tuesday 22nd June 2021 Pope Francis released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for 25 July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30).  The Holy Father addressed the theme from the Gospel ...

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Solstice stillness

solstice stillness

In the old Europe we inherited from the Bronze Age, this great feast of the Solstice was celebrated with multitudinous small fires lit throughout the countryside. Fire and the great living sun two great aspects of the flame to be honoured. The Summer Solstice on June 21st traditionally marks the start of the astronomical summer which ends with the autumn ...

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Together with refugees

Together with refugees

Sunday June 20, 2021 is UN World Refugee Day. As the world celebrates the progress made to advance refugee protection polices and acknowledges the contributions that refugees have made in their host countries, it is important to remember that the need to continue to advance humane policies is now more critical than ever. We often think of refugees as those ...

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Taking time out

Taking Time Out

As we emerge to more hopeful and light-filled summer days, it’s time to look towards ‘taking time out’ to rest, renew and recharge your whole being.  The following Rest/Holiday Opportunities are currently on offer at Mount St. Anne’s. Taking time to ‘take time out’ is … a graced moment in time an opportunity for healing a time to slow down ...

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Nano – Ablaze with God

Nano Ablaze with God

At a time when the role of women in shaping society was severely restricted, [Nano Nagle] lived on the razor’s edge, a woman fearless before a  tyrannical world. A woman ‘Ablaze with God’. ‘Nano Nagle, a woman ablaze with God, you daily walked the razor’s edge of life, witnessing to the divine conspiracy of love. Awaken within us the fire ...

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Ending Child Labour

Ending Child Labour

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the UN’s International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and takes place at a time when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling the problem. This Day falls each year on June 12 ...

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