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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

Thinking about joining religious life? Come and join our vocations event by joining a retreat and spending few days with Presentation Sisters! This three-day event provides an opportunity to experience the distinctive calling of Presentation sisters. You will get to know some of our sisters, share your life story, get to know Presentation initiatives and spend some time exploring spiritual ...

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Christmas in an open prison

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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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Nano Nagle’s way to sainthood

Prayer for the Cause of Nano O God, Who enkindled in the heart of your servant, Nano Nagle, the fire of your love, and a consuming desire to serve You in any part of the world, grant that we also may love You, and make you much loved. And if it be for the glory of God, and the salvation ...

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Nano Nagle digital exhibition on Google Arts&Culture platform

Unique digital exhibition Nano Nagle (1718-1784): Tercentenary Exhibition  on Google Arts&Culture platform offers an insight into a research project “Nano Nagle and Nineteenth Century Education, a Digital Humanities Project”. The principal investigator for the project was Deirdre Raftery, School of Education, University College Dublin.     The digital collection comprises of seventeen manuscript letters; the letters are from Nano Nagle to Eleanor ...

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Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today?

Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today? Merton, the famous Trappist monk and best-selling author, has now been dead for almost as long as he had lived. When he died unexpectedly on Dec. 10, 1968, at the age of 53 while in Asia on a speaking tour about the renewal of monastic life, he left behind dozens of books, ...

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World Day for Consecrated Life 2019

February 2, 2019 (Celebrated in Parishes February 2-3) In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in religious life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is ...

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Called to be Mystics event – June 2019

You are invited to join us for the “Called to be mystics” event on Saturday 22nd June 2019 in Croi Nua Spirituality Centre in Galway. It will feature expert presenters on the mystical call in contemporary spiritual writers Thomas Merton, Etty Hillesum and John O’Donohue.   Places are limited and pre-booking is essential.   Please register on Eventbrite, following this ...

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