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Restoring hope through justice

Restoring hope through justice

We reach the final day of the octave of prayer for Christian Unity (18 to 25 January 2023). The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is celebrated, as an ecumenical initiative in which Christians from all over the world belonging to different traditions and confessions, gather spiritually in prayer for the unity of the Church.  The theme of this ...

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UNiTE to Orange the World

Unite to Orange the World

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign that that has started on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day indicating that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide.  An opportunity to ‘Unite to Orange the  World’. ...

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A Four-fold Blessing

A Four-fold Blessing

Presentation Day holds particular significance for Presentation people everywhere.  It is more than just a day, a feast, a celebration. It holds the resonance and inspiration for the call and response  by Nano Nagle, who gave of herself to make a difference to the lives  of those kept poor.  But more than that, her passion was to enable those she ...

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Presentation Day Novena 2022

Presentation Day Novena 2022

The Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple takes place on 21st November each year.  This is a Feast that is celebrated with great joy throughout the world, wherever there are Presentation people. The content of this year’s novena has been prepared by Sisters Mary Kealy, Lois Greene, Prema Antony and Sheila Reen who have put together these ...

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The Presentation of Mary

The Presentation of Mary

The early annals of the Presentation Congregation record that the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple was the date chosen by Nano in 1782, to receive two young women into the novitiate. Nano’s choice of this day for this ceremony, indicates that this Feast had a special place in her spirituality. Following Nano’s death, her fledging Congregation ...

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A poverty that sets us free

A poverty that frees

We prepare to mark the 6th World Day of the Poor on Sunday, 13th November (a Day established by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Miser” in 2016, to celebrate the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy). This day has been an important focus point for advocacy and action every year since then. Its aim after all is ...

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Enough is Enough!

Enough is enough

I had the privilege of participating recently in the 2022 Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice.  This is the third such conference. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Enough is Enough! And it Needn’t Cost the Earth”.* We know that climate change raises issues of justice, and that the poorest people everywhere suffer first and most.  Intergenerational injustice acknowledges that ...

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The taste of bread

the taste of bread

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the city of Matera (Italy) on the 25th September at the conclusion of the 27th National Eucharistic Congress, reminding Christians there is no eucharistic worship without compassion for the poor. During his homily the Pope reflected on the Gospel of Luke which tells of the rich man and the poor Lazarus. Echoing the theme of ...

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Your mustard seed story

your mustard seed story

We are present at the National Ploughing Championships 2022 in Ratheniska, Co. Laois from September 20th, 21st & 22nd.  Call in and say ‘hello’  – we will be delighted to meet you! We are in the stand area at 609 (Row 3, Block 39)  The National  Ploughing Championships draws people of all ages and cultures to the ‘heart of the farming landscape’, ...

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Advocating for the least

‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’. “I have heard their cry … I know their sufferings…Come, now! I will send you … I will be with you” (Ex 3:1-12).   This theme for the Season of Creation 2022 focusses on listening to those voices, which are not heard. They include women and girls, Indigenous Peoples, migrants, youth, the economically marginalised and ...

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