Dominican Sisters Cabra Dominican Sisters Cabra Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:02:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alzheimer Cafe Meeting Tonight 1st September Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:18:37 +0000 Tonight we are hosting our Alzheimer Café Cabra at the Dominican Campus, 183 Navan Road, St. Mary’s Convent, Cabra, Dublin 7.  The Alzheimer Café is a concept that was originally developed in the Netherlands as a monthly support group in a café like setting for people with dementia and their carers.  See below for details.

Day and Date: Tuesday,  September 1st 2015Alzheimer Cafe April

Venue: St Mary’s, Dominican Sisters, Navan Rd, Cabra, Dublin 7.

Time: 7 – 8.30pm

Speaker: Catherine Daly

Topic: “Staying Connected”


This is a friendly and safe space to come and have a cuppa, listen to some input and have a chat.

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Dominican Sisters open peace garden Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:53:41 +0000 See article below re the opening of peace garden in An Tairsach Ecology Centre, Wicklow

in The Irish Catholic, 6th August

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Twenty Second in Ordinary Time Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:47:37 +0000 Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 7:1-8.14-15.21-23

“For it is from within, from the heart, that evil intentions emerge.”

A Thought

This Sunday’s gospel places Jesus in a position where he is surrounded by the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem. It gives the idea that they may be trying to catch Jesus out as they watch on and notice what he and his disciples are not doing according to the law or how they are not keeping the tradition of the elders. Jesus in response teaches that it is what is in the hearts of people that makes us impure. He challenges how we can turn rules and regulations to justify certain situations. But if it does not involve charity or love then we are not following the law of God.

This week yet again we are reminded of so much of the suffering of people through our papers and on our television. The shooting of the television presenters in the States, the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina where so many were left stranded, the ongoing suffering of people fleeing from Syria and seeking refuge elsewhere, the death of a survivor of 9/11 named the ‘dust lady’ reminding us that the effects of horrendous acts of violence against humanity leaves suffering that is ongoing. One story I was struck by this week concerns a man Ralph Boes, in Germany who is on hunger strike protesting on how his government is treating human beings. In his opinion the leadership of his country values humans only according to how they contribute to the economy. What of the sick, the elderly, the very young, those going through a hard time, the abandoned parent, the dying, the homeless, the volunteer, the caring neighbour, the loving parent, the family carer?And we see more and more of this over emphasis on ‘the economy’ only. Our leaders, our governments only putting emphasises on the economy- it takes from the inner good of people. In many work places fellow workers are called to grade one another according to what they see the targets they have reached. Efficient, perhaps, in the short term but where is the human person? This motivation is not what builds community, and all of us need this even though some of us are not aware of that need, for it is the commandment of love and charity that heals our pain of isolation and loneliness.  All that we give to one another when we are truly being human with one another. All of us, as Jesus teaches in today’s gospel, must examine our motivations. The  commandment of God is that of love for all of creation.

Edel Murphy O.P

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Letter from Dominican Sisters in Iraq Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:45:18 +0000 Letter from Sr Maria Hanna, OP, 22 July 2015

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August Issue of Stop Trafficking Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:20:33 +0000 Stop Trafficking is dedicated exclusively to fostering an exchange of information among religious congregations, their friends and collaborating organizations, working to eliminate all forms of trafficking of human beings.  Click below for the latest issue of Stop Trafficking



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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (16th August) Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:10:15 +0000 A thought from reflecting on Jn 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowd: “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world”.Eucharist

I don’t know if you have ever had the experience of attending Mass in a nursing home. Well I have and the majority of those present suffer from Alzheimers and various forms of Dementia. But during this time I am always struck at the sacredness of the moment when the Eucharist is distributed. These residents receive this ‘living bread’ with such conviction. This is shown in their reverence and delight to being nourished by receiving the Eucharist. This is their connection to the Source of all life and a sign of hope for eternal life. Jesus too in addressing the crowds in this scene is reminding them to stay ‘connected’ to the Source that gives life. For those attending Mass in the nursing home they are people who remain in Christ. This they do through their suffering, remaining in Christ, the living bread and being nourished in the knowledge that this is where the crucified Christ is, there with them in the struggles that this illness inflicts on them on a daily basis.

Edel Murphy O.P

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Reflection by Sr. Helen Mary Harmey on Congregation Day 7th August Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:28:14 +0000 Evening Prayer Congregation Day 7 August 2015                          Mt. 16:24-28

“Jesus said to his disciples, if anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, let them renounce themselves and take up their cross and follow me”

If you look closely at the script in the leaflet you will notice a typographical error. (They say that the best artists have a mark of a mistake on their work! It proves their originality!)

The text reads “if anyone wishes to be a follower of mind”.   “A follower of mind” echoes St. Pauls’ exhortation to the Philippines:  “In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus (Phil. 2.5) – that mind which accepted death on a cross.  If we had the mind of Jesus we would be well on the road to transformation.  What is it that holds us back as individuals, as Church, as Institutions?

P1040670This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the poet W.B. Yeats and we hear quite a bit about his life and works.  Yeats wrote:

“It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.”

“It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.”

The battlefields of the early 20th century were gruesome and horrific places so those who have no experience of it may underestimate the daring courage needed to be a soldier then.   And yet this is the courage we need to face ourselves, to face, name and accept our own darkness.  The courage we need to face our shadow so that the light gets a space to shine through.  The courage we need to take up our cross.


This integration of darkness and light, the acceptance of failure, betrayals, the humility of frailty are all aspects of taking up one’s cross.  Christ dies on a cross, on a crossbeam where the vertical and horizontal met; where the intersection of good and evil met.  We are invited to do likewise – “to take up our cross”.  It may help to translate the phrase into different language today but the meaning and the challenge is the same.  We are challenged to integrate all aspects of our humanity, our personality and our divine destiny.  We are invited to enter fully the mystery of being human.


St. Matthew in his gospel highlighted to the Jews and Gentiles – the new inclusive Christian Church that God was a God of history and that Jesus was showing what it was to be human, calling the people to a new vision of humanity.


We today, need to reclaim that vision of humanity that was in the mind of Christ.  We need to claim the wonder of our being, the creative power, the imaginative ability together with our destructive capacity.  As followers of Christ and St. Dominic we need to study and reflect, to speak a word of hope and compassion and to show that it is possible to live in right relationship with God, others and the planet.


Our world today, more than ever, is torn apart due to extractive economies, the forced global movement of peoples, institutional and political corruption and the absence of moral guidance in the areas of technological and scientific advancements.  We see the poor get poorer, the abuse and exclusion of women on the increase, the inhumane treatment of migrants and differing groups of people together with the intolerance and ignorance of the need for diversity.


The Congregation can as a group of consecrated women look back on a history of courageous women who got it right many times over the centuries but equally had its lean and dark times.  Pope Francis encourages us this year “to look back with gratitude” in order to live “the present with passion”.


Our sisters have lived since Vatican II through many changes.  We have had to let go of many ministries, convents and houses.  This letting go has been painful, done graciously in most instances and with generosity on the part of individuals and groups.  This pain of letting go comes to all of us through sickness, death, betrayals, calamities, particular events and broken relationships.  This pain is inherent in the cross.  But the cross is not the final statement of the mind of Christ, it points to transformation. ecal044


The Christian Cross symbolises the endurance, the suffering, the steadfastness that leads to life that opens us to the mind of Christ – to compassion, service, joy, love and above all hope amidst the mystery and paradoxes of life.


Sister Helen Mary Harmey, OP

Congregation Prioress

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Message for St. Dominic’s Day – 8th August Sat, 08 Aug 2015 14:24:21 +0000 Reflection from Sr. Helen Mary Harmey OP, Congregation Prioress

The Broad Place

In June the members of the Dominican Association of Ireland and Great Britain met in Westfield.  During their visit they asked about our history.  Fr. John Farrell, the Provincial of England found it very interesting that the foundation of our Congregation was not that of apostolic sisters but that of Nuns.  It seemed to explain a lot to him; “the lot” he did not elaborate on!

I thought about his “surprise” and his apparent understanding of us as a group.  It reminded me of Pope Francis’ exhortation for this year of consecrated life, “look to the past with gratitude” in order “to live the present with passion”.

What am I grateful for when I look back to our origins in 1644 or when I look back to the forming of the Congregation in 1928?  What are you grateful for?  Have you read our numerous histories or pondered on those who went before us or reflected on the many changing events?Galway 84

When I look back with interest, amazement and gratitude I am thankful for the elements of monastic life especially the rhythm of the Divine Office, Liturgy, Ritual, Silence and being a charismatic gift in the Church.  I am deeply grateful for the spirit of grace and freedom that underpins our Constitutions and theology.  It is life-giving that we are associated with something bigger than ourselves that is the Order.  Fr. John highlighted for me that as nuns we were members of the Order and when we became a Congregation we were associated with the Order.  This is probably self-evident but it clarified for me our connection with the Province and our somewhat ambivalent relationship at times.

It is such a privilege to belong to such a long line of brave, courageous, creative and long suffering women down through the centuries and into our own times.  When we look back on our particular history we have witnesses to pragmatic solutions and creative initiatives during hard times and flourishing times.  We have had faithful companions who put mission at the heart of choices – women who used dispensation wisely for the sake of the mission and ministries.

I am grateful for those women who did not allow “personalities” to get in the way of a common mission but kept their eyes fixed on educational needs at all levels; for those whom “mobility for mission” was not just an ideal but who were willing to leave their country, to leave a particular house or ministry or career to meet the needs of the community, Church or society.

I think it is helpful to look to the past, not from pride or nostalgia but to be imbued with the spirit of all who went before us, those who made the headlines and those who kept the home-fires burning; to tap into the Christian ideals of service for the reign of God, the self-sacrifice that leads to transformation and the faith and hope in a God of history.

Our history reflects that of Dominic himself whose life was not clear or straightforward but had its disappointments and struggles.  Elihu in the book Job (36:16) tells Job that “God allured you out of distress into a broad place”.  The “broad place”, the magnanimous theology and action is the vision out of which Dominican history is made.  This is our tradition that reminds us of the need to let go graciously in order to “live the present with passion”.


Sr. Helen Mary Harmey OP


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Ruhama Appeal for Support Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:18:04 +0000 Ruhama is a Dublin-based NGO which works on a national level with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.logo

Recently Ruhama issued an appeal for Support: Amnesty International proposed ‘Sex Work Policy’

Click here for more details.

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In memory of the 10th anniversary of the hurricane Katrina evoking memories of the Bosnian-Yugoslav war and the flood in Bosnia and Croatia. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:57:39 +0000 Below see YouTube video of  Sr. Marina Jurisic, SSF in conversation with Sr. Maeve McMahon OP who reads from her book “Riding Out the Hurricane”. 

Riding Out the HurricaneIn memory of the 10th anniversary of the hurricane Katrina evoking memories of the Bosnian-Yugoslav war and the flood in Bosnia and Croatia.

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