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Irish-Indian connection

As I sit down to write a short reflection about my time as a Presentation Sister in India I notice there’s a supplement to the Irish Independent (8th March 2019) on the table where I am working. It has a  headline about practices to follow in order to show respect for the National flag – the flag should normally be displayed ...

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Spirituality and well-being

The Spirituality and Wellbeing Day was presented by Dr Elizabeth McCrory, an experienced clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who runs workshops and seminars on Meditation, Spiritual Autobiography, Spirituality and long term illness, Death and Dying and Women in transition. She presented  on spirituality and wellbeing, spirituality and ageing and between.   She pointed that we can define spirituality as connecting with ...

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Building peace through music in Northern Ireland

Presentation Sister  Mary Turley has over a number of decades served the Flax Trust as a founding director. Besides supporting the work of a Housing Association that builds houses for both communities, the Flax Trust has financed Ulster Community Investment Trust for the purpose of supporting Socio-Economic activity in both communities in Northern Ireland. The Flax Trust has also developed the School of Social Entrepreneurs of Ireland which promotes leadership in both communities in Northern Ireland through graduate programmes. ...

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Community of mystics and prophets

Today  thousands of pilgrims walk ancient paths  in search  of a deep spirituality to sustain daily life. They draw from spirituality to the desert, Celtic, Monastic, Contemplative stream. These are deep roots. On April  6th, Ray Simpson,  founder of the ecumenical community of  Aidan  and Hilda on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne will travel  to  Ardmore  to explore the possibility of ...

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Called to be “Experts in Communion”

“Experts in Communion”, that is what Pope Francis calls us to become! The standard to reach is high: experts are people who are top masters in their field of competence and who are able to guide others since they are usually ahead of others in their field…Experts in Communion? We would rather describe ourselves as “walking towards communion”, since we ...

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Let us not forget hospitality

Do not forget to show hospitality, for by so doing some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)   After The pilgrimage of trust, organised by Taizé community in December in Madrid, brother Alois proposed a reflection on several aspects of hospitality. First proposal: Discover the source of hospitality in God From the beginning of the universe, God ...

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RTE The History Show podcast about Nano Nagle

Myles Dungan of RTE Radio 1 is joined by Deirdre Raftery, historian of education at University College Dublin, who along with Catriona Delaney and Catherine Nowlan-Roebuck, is the author of the recently published book Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy.     You can listen or download a podcast and enjoy listening by following this link.    Nano Nagle was born in ...

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PiNNacle – building teaching capacity in the developing world

Wednesday 12 December 2018 at UCD in Dublin saw the launch of PiNNacle, an innovative research project which aims to build teaching capacity in the developing world.     Led by Professors Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke in the School of Education, this project will identify and promote what is best in teacher education for women teachers in developing contexts and ...

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Women of Welcoming Hearts Retreat March 2019

Exploring your life’s calling? Come and spend a day with Presentation Sisters! The day will provide an opportunity to experience the distinctive calling of Presentation Sisters. You will get to know some of our Sisters, share your dreams and hopes, get to know Presentation initiatives and spend some time in prayer. Interested? Register on Eventbrite by following this link  or ...

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Christmas in an open prison

christmas lights

I love Christmas Eve, in fact I think it is my favourite part of Christmas. The expectation, the smells of the ham cooking and the Christmas candle in the window to guide Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Growing up on a farm in the countryside I don’t think I was really aware that homelessness and marginalization were an integral part ...

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