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Day for Consecrated Life

Consecrated life

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE – February 2nd, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul declaring the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple as World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. St. John Paul II established the World Day for Consecrated Life in 1997 to be celebrated in conjunction with the feast of the ...

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A woman’s heart

A woman's heart

Meet a woman  “Meet a woman whose love was stronger than the viciousness, greed and violence that swamped her city and nation.  She was a woman of unbounded compassion, deep contemplation, indomitable courage, radical creativity, native shrewdness, and indefatigable zeal for her faith”. ~ Adapted from Salvador Fink, OFM Nano Nagle Cork’s Lady of the Lantern “Benefitting from an education in ...

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Here am I. Send me.

mission

The theme given by Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday on 18th October 2020 is: “Here am I. Send me”.  (Isaiah 6:8) Pope Francis says the Lord continues to ask “Whom shall I send?” This call to mission emerges as an “invitation to step out of ourselves for love of God and neighbour” through service and intercessory prayer”, he writes. ...

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A joyous occasion

A joyous occasion

Sr. Marion Renews her Vows A joyous occasion was celebrated by the Clondalkin/Cluster community on 9th September, 2020 when Sr. Marion O’Raw renewed her vows.  Marion renewed her vows in the presence of Sr. Mary Hanrahan, Provincial Leader (NEP), who accepted them on behalf of Sr. Julie Watson (Congregational Leader). The prayerful and inspirational ceremony was followed by lunch, which was ...

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Reception Ceremony

Reception Ceremony

The Leadership Team of the Presentation Sisters (North East Province) Ireland are pictured with Gabrielle (2nd left) at her Reception Ceremony on 2nd February 2020.  On this day  Gabrielle took the next step on her journey to being a Presentation Sister by commencing her Novitiate in Portlaoise. Her gifts to the Warrenmount community (where she has lived over the past ...

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Vocation Open House 2020

Vocation Open House

Presentation Sisters have a “culture of vocations” within the congregation. This means that everyone  has a sense of responsibility for nurturing and supporting the seeds of vocation in all who approach the community as enquirers, searchers and discerners. In our community settings there is an opportunity to hear the stories of those who have lived Presentation life through the ups ...

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Religious life in a post-human age

future religious

The Gospel life was never meant to be lived enclosed, but on the edge of a new future in God, writes Ilia Delio in an essay about religious life.   I recently returned from a retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, New Jersey, where 110 sisters gathered each day for liturgy, prayer and presentation. The sisters were ...

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Vocation: a keyword for happiness, freedom and unity

The three approaches that I would indicate are: holiness, as a calling that gives meaning to one’s entire life journey; communion as the fertile soil for vocations in the Church and vocation itself, as a keyword to be preserved and “conjugated” with others – “happiness”, “freedom” and “together” – and finally “declined” as special consecration.   Holiness Talking about vocation always leads to thinking of young ...

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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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