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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 – teaching in the developing world

Wednesday 12 December 2018 at University College Dublin (UCD) 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 provide ...

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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

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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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