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Social revolution at Christmas

christmas revolution

In December 2019 Victoria Pearson initially penned this inspiring piece on ‘How four Cork women sparked a social revolution on Christmas Eve 1775’.  The four women in the article are: Nano Nagle, Mary Fouhy, Elizabeth Burke and Mary Ann Collins.  In Victoria’s words they: “ … were driven by a progressive and ambitious missionary devotion to educate Cork city’s Catholic poor. ...

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Eliminate Violence against Women

eliminate violence against women

This year is like no other. Even before COVID-19 hit, violence against women and girls had reached pandemic proportions. Globally, 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partner in the past year. Meanwhile, less than 40 per cent of women who experience violence report it or seek help. As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread ...

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Mary, before Jesus …

before Jesus was mary

As we celebrate Presentation Day may our lives be filled with love and may our world be healed through the grace of Mary our Mother, and her precious Son, Jesus Christ. ~ the Provincial Leadership Team – Presentation Sisters Union (North East Ireland) Before Jesus was his Mother Before Jesus was his mother. Before supper in the upper room, breakfast ...

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Open to you Mary

open to you Mary

‘Mary of the Presentation’ has a very particular relevance to the spirit and life of Presentation Sisters.  This feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple (Presentation Day) celebrated on 21st of November each year as our Congregational Feast, provides an opportunity to recognise and contemplate the resonance of Mary’s life journey in our own lives. The nine days ...

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A woman’s heart

A woman's heart

Meet a woman  “Meet a woman whose love was stronger than the viciousness, greed and violence that swamped her city and nation.  She was a woman of unbounded compassion, deep contemplation, indomitable courage, radical creativity, native shrewdness, and indefatigable zeal for her faith”. ~ Adapted from Salvador Fink, OFM Nano Nagle Cork’s Lady of the Lantern “Benefitting from an education in ...

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Economy of Francesco

The “Economy of Francesco” is a worldwide movement of young people who aim to change the current economic models and craft a future that is more inclusive and just. It was convened by Pope Francis in 2019 when he asked economists and young people to give life to the idea of a different kind of economy, one that is more ...

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Nano Nagle Place ‘an exemplar urban renewal award’

Nano Nagle Place

RIAI Architect Award has been presented to JCA Architects for 2020 for the Urban Design and Master-planning for Nano Nagle Place.  The RIAI award is due recognition of the sensitive, imaginative and exemplary masterplan taken forward by JCA Architects and the wider design team.   About the award On 22 October 2020 the winners of the 2020 Royal Institute of Architects (RIAI) Architecture ...

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Global Education Pact – seed of hope

seeds of hope

“May we be sustained by the conviction that education bears within itself a seed of hope: the hope of peace and justice; the hope of beauty and goodness; the hope of social harmony,” the Pope said in his message. “We must move forward, all of us together, each as we are, but always looking ahead to the building of a ...

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Here am I. Send me.


The theme given by Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday on 18th October 2020 is: “Here am I. Send me”.  (Isaiah 6:8) Pope Francis says the Lord continues to ask “Whom shall I send?” This call to mission emerges as an “invitation to step out of ourselves for love of God and neighbour” through service and intercessory prayer”, he writes. ...

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Being a sister to others …

a sister to others

Saturday, 10th October is World Mental Health Day. This comes at a time when our daily lives have been changed and challenged irrevocably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Much has been shared and written about its impact, and that of the restrictions and safeguards that have become part of our lives over the last 6-8 months. There are ...

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