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Nano Nagle – The Life and the Legacy

Within Nano Nagle’s story is a greater one: that of the Irish female diaspora in Newfoundland, India, North America, England, Australia, Africa and the Philippines.  ‘Nano Nagle – The Life and the Legacy’ throws open a new window on an unknown aspect of Irish social history, while also demonstrating Ireland’s significant contribution to the global history of female education. The ...

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The beauty of diversity

Only God whose creativity has filled the Universe with so vast, so glorious, so delightfully wonderful a range of beasts and birds, of fish and flowers and trees, of valleys and mountains, sunsets and stars, and who, in creating all the billions who constitute humanity (has never needed to repeat Himself) could call together in strong bonds of community, such ...

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A Prayer for our Earth

The beautiful icon of Nano Nagle created by the artist Desmond Kyne is alive with colour and symbolism that enables us to get to know ‘…who Nano was and who she is today’.  It depicts a young and vibrant ‘Nano’ which seems to be so apt, especially in this tercentenary year of her birth (1718) when her living legacy continues ...

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Light in today’s wilderness..

Nano Nagle carried the light of her lantern, and the light of the Gospel into the darkness, desolation and discrimination endured by the people of God in Ireland under the Penal Laws. ‘Because the world still needs the Gospel and Nano’s lantern light, it is timely to remember Pope Francis’ challenge to go beyond the comfortable spaces, places and territories ...

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Nano, we give thanks

It is summer time and some are blessed with time to slow down, rest, reassess and put in place plans for a new start.  While hopefully others, who must try to live gently season to season in the present moment of things, are enjoying whatever summer brings about. We are half way through this year of celebration of the tercentenary ...

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Each journey one step beyond

Today, on what would be Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, we remember Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa.  There are a great many quotations from Mandela’s life and writings that we are all familiar with.  I have chosen this quotation because it has the recognition of  journey and moving forward as an essential part of life.  It also reminded me of ...

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Nano’s Letters – A Digital Collection

In this digital age handwritten letters are a precious and rare thing, and even more precious, because of this rarity.  Letters continue to communicate the considerations, thought and care of the author even years after, to a different readership from that originally intended. There is something incredibly moving that happens each time one  sees the penned signature from the hand ...

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Political connectedness

We are constantly exposed to a political agenda.  Indeed, there is an ongoing debacle in the media worldwide in recent days on the fall-out from the post Brexit vote discussions and resignations in the UK parliament, and the post Trump Press conference analysis on Russian-American  relations.  This reflects a seemingly growing preoccupation with ‘power and personality’ and the ‘power of ...

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‘Heart Aflame’ Visitor Centre

‘Know where you come from, to know who you are’. The first time I saw the exhibition in the ‘Heart Aflame’ Visitor Centre this was the phrase that remained with me long afterwards as  the ‘Heart Aflame’ Story is the story of the Presentation Congregation. The exhibition material that is available treasures the memory, tradition and contribution of all of those ...

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Social Activism and Soul Care

I was reading the article below last evening, and it struck me that in the today’s continually demanding climate for justice and advocacy work, that this reminder about ‘Soul Care’  and the sustenance of community life is something worth sharing. Nano Nagle, founding the Presentation Congregation in 1775 in Cork, did not begin by theorising about spirituality.  She began by ...

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