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'Hearing the cry of the Earth'.

Province Justice Day 2019

“How do we ‘carry Nano’s Lantern’ … and ‘hear the cry of the Earth and those kept poor’ ”?

Today, more than ever before, we need people like Nano Nagle*.  We need people of courage who are prepared, if necessary, to ‘spend themselves’ for love of the poor and of the planet. This is what it means to carry ‘Nano’s Lantern’ in the often dark and challenging times of the 21st century.

This North East Province (NEP) Justice Day promises to be engaging and  inspiring as well as practical, with exhibitions from community projects and an exchange of ideas about promoting bio-diversity, reducing single use plastics, cutting down on unnecessary purchases of products we don’t need, as well as exploring alternatives for cleaning products with the aim of being kinder to the earth in our day to day lives and in our professional capacity.

About the justice day

Venue: Mount St. Anne’s Retreat & Conference Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois

Date:    Tuesday, 26th November 2019

Time:    Starting 10.00 am (prompt) and finishing at 3.30 pm

Tea/Coffee will be served on arrival at 10 am and lunch will be provided at 1.00 pm.

(The nearest train station is Portarlington).


Keynote speaker: Jane Mellett

Jane is Laudato Sí Officer at Trócaire, at present promoting Laudato Sí within the Church in Ireland. Jane was also Project Co-ordinator of ‘Our Common Home’, the eco-project of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) 2018. Prior to this she has worked as a parish pastoral worker in the Archdiocese of Dublin and has many years experience of working in religious education, pastoral ministry and development education.

Pádraic Fogarty

Pádraic is an ecologist and scientist, and currently serves as Campaign Officer for the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT). Pádraic was chair of the Irish Wildlife Trust from 2008-2012, editor of the magazine ‘Irish Wildlife’ from 2009-2018. He is also author of the 2017 book: “Whittled Away – Ireland’s Vanishing Nature”.

How to book

This event is free of charge. However, it is essential to book your place to facilitate planning.  The Closing Date for receipt of Bookings is Friday 8th November 2019.

You  can book by:

  • registering on Eventbrite  HERE
  • or, by completing the NEP Justice Day 2019 Booking Form and posting it to: Ms. Mariaam Bhatti,  ‘Justice Day’ c/o. Presentation Sisters NEP, The Acorn Centre Warrenmount, Blackpitts, Dublin 8. D08 W2X8.

When completing your booking please remember to include any dietary or other needs.

Enquiries to:  Mariaam Bhatti,  NEP JPIC Commission Support Worker at nepjustice@presprone.com or by phone T: 01 416 6122 (Tuesdays & Thursdays).


*Nano Nagle is the founder of the Congregation of Presentation Sisters. For further information see: https://presentationsistersne.ie/the-courage-for-encounter/

The document ‘On Care for Our Common Home’ (Laudato Si’) is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility. (Published May 2015) http://bit.ly/316HxFB


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