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St. Oscar Romero: 40th anniversary

Oscar Romero

Today, 24th March is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of  Oscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador.  He  was assassinated on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass in a small chapel in a cancer hospital where he lived. This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener (1937-2004), drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden in 1979 for a celebration of departed ...

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    Tackling homelessness

    Tackling homelessness

    “Catholic sisters who have worked for more than two years in getting the United Nations to address the issue of homelessness and affordable housing are hailing 10 days of meetings that resulted in an outcome document they say affirmed many of their concerns about a growing global problem”. ~ Chris Herlinger, Global Sisters Report 24 Feb 2020 see HERE The ...

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      Who was Patrick?

      Who was Patrick?

      Often one can get to know a person in a totally different way (aside from their public persona) from studying their writings.  St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching (17th March) and much is ‘greened’ and said and sung about him, oft times woven from and into myth and celebrations. Who was Patrick? I grew up nearby the familiar and often ...

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        Lessons from ordinary things

        ordinary things

        I am reflecting on ‘doorways’ today.  Seemingly ordinary things. In Roman mythology, Janus represents not only the god of doors and doorways but also the god of new beginnings and of endings. Janus is a two-faced god.  One face looks to the past, the other, to the future. Doors open, close, and revolve.  An open door points to a new ...

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          The thirst for fast fashion

          As the seasons change it can often be seen as nature’s cue to us to change our wardrobe.  Fashion magazines are full of glossy spreads selling us the desire for clothes we think we need, and the new colours that will be ‘in vogue’ this time around informed by the fashion gurus.  Fashion is a billion euro industry impacting subconsciously ...

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            A heart for Africa

            Heart for Africa

            The focus of the World Day of Prayer (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on 6th March 2020 (#WDP2020) is praying with the Christians of Zimbabwe. “This Friday, [when] millions of us – men, women and children – worldwide will be praying with and for them”. When reading the information about this day it struck me that prayer truly has ...

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              Hope can rise from ashes

              Hope from ashes

              We step into another lenten journey (from cross to resurrection) in appreciation of the opportunity it offers to simply and hopefully reconnect to that deepest knowing of what resurrection actually means and how it is, and can continue to express itself in every encounter of our lives. Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the Good News of the ...

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                Paschal mystery at centre of life

                The dialogue that God wishes to establish with each of us through the paschal mystery of his Son has nothing to do with empty chatter, like that attributed to the ancient inhabitants of Athens, who “spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new” (Acts 17:21). Such chatter, determined by an empty and superficial curiosity, characterises worldliness in ...

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                  iScoil growing their learning community

                  iScoil

                  At  an award ceremony on Wednesday 19th February 2020, iScoil was named as a recipient of the Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) Children and Youth Fund.  This award enables iScoil to top-up the Presentation Sisters (and other philanthropic donations) with an additional 50% funding from the State, for the next five years. This will fund development initiatives including a QQI ...

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                    Getting to know Hildegard of Bingen

                    The Presentation Sisters (North East Province -Ireland) Way of Life Office extend a welcome invitation to you to participate in a seminar which will take place in two locations – Dublin and Galway – on different dates, see full details as follows: Theme:  “Hildegard of Bingen: Ecologist, Musician and Healer” When:   Saturday 28th March 2020 Where:  Avila Carmelite Centre (Discalced ...

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