As we read in the Gospel of John, Jesus was a gift from God, who “so loved the world.” (John 3:16)
During the season of Advent, we have the opportunity to deepen our own sense of love for the world. Protecting creation and vulnerable people is an important way to love.
GCCM (Global Catholic Climate Movement)  have produced a brand-new Advent resource kit to help you to reflect on the call to care for our common home and to live out your call through concrete actions.

The resource kit contains:
• Creation-themed Advent calendars
• List of the top 5 ways to green your Christmas
• Kids’ coloring pages with Pope Francis and the Earth
• Advent Novena for the Creator and creation

Click below to download Advent Toolkit.

GCCM – Advent Toolkit 2017

 

Trinity Centre for Urban and Regional Studies  in association with The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

Invites you to Symposium

Housing in Ireland: Philosophy, Policies and Results

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 5–7 p..m.

Joly Theatre, Hamilton Building, Westland Row Trinity College Dublin

This Symposium will provide a critical analysis of:
• Alternative philosophical approaches to housing
• The policies currently being pursued
• The results: affordability and new homes

Speakers

Sinéad Kelly, Department of Geography, Maynooth University
‘Neo-liberalism and its Impact on Housing Systems’

P.J. Drudy, Trinity College Dublin
‘Market Failure: Out-of-Reach House Prices and Rents’

Peter McVerry SJ, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
‘Homelessness: Have We Lost our sense of Outrage?’

Rory Hearne, Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute
‘New Inequalities in Irish Housing’

Daithi Downey, Dublin City Council
‘Sustainablility, Affordability and Choice: Towards a Cost Rental and Unitary Rental System’

Cian O’Callaghan and Philip Lawton, School of Geography, Trinity College Dublin
‘The Challenge and Opportunities of Vacant Space: Unfinished Legacy of the Property Crash’

Margaret Burns, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
‘The Right to Housing: What is the Issue?’

Contacts:
Margaret Burns (mburns@jcfj.ie) or P.J. Drudy (pdrudy@tcd.ie

From: Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
26 Upper Sherrard Street
Dublin, Dublin 7
Ireland

Advent Centering Prayer Day, 16th December with Fionnuala Quinn O.P.

Saturday, 16 December  2017 | 10.00am – 4.00pm | Cost €30.00

Venue :  Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue

Holy Faith Sisters,
Glasnevin, D11 TC21
Tel : (01) 797 9364
Mob: 087 6649862

Theme: The presence of the Divine in us is the permanent self-giving of God to every human person.

As we journey to Christmas deepen your awareness of the Divine within yourself – for that is what Christmas is all about.

Come and taste the silence.

 

Fionnuala Quinn O.P. is a Dominican Sister. She opened Contemplative Outreach Dublin in 2007 and presently serves as International Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach Ltd. She resides in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Click here for more information 

 

Read below an article in The Southern Cross (Southern Africa’s Catholic Weekly) by Erin Carelse.

Cabra Dominican Sisters: Celebrate 150 Years with them!

Click below to read the article from The Irish Times of 8th November, 2017 where Joe Humphreys interviews Sr.Geraldine Marie Smyth OP

 

Is it ever really okay to forgive terrorist atrocities?

Clontarf
By 1798 there were only three Sisters in Channel Row. After the landlord did not renew the lease, the account books note: “received for old furniture sold on leaving Brunswick St £14.10.9d.” Thus, in the spring 1808, the Sisters, with some parlour boarders, moved to a rented house (later known as “Convent House”) in Vernon Avenue, Clontarf. With a good-sized garden, and fields purchased, they made some money: “received for vegetables”, “for grazing”, “for sheep sold in Smithfield”.

The Sisters opened a day school and a small boarding school in August 1808. Textbooks included Goldsmith’s English (abridged), French Grammar, Thompson’s Geography, Usher’s Grammar, Fontaine’s Fables. A Dancing Master was engaged. Each young lady was required to have a summer, winter, and dancing costume. The Bellew organ had been brought from Channel Row. The nuns made great efforts to restore the religious life and observances they had previously known. They used their religious names with the prefix Sister; they also wore the Dominican habit of white serge, a fact reflected in the laundry expenses. However, over time, their financial situation did not improve, with “debts” owed to them and taxes which had increased after the 1798 rebellion. One very encouraging sign, which proved to be to their salvation, was the arrival of four new members to the community and later, a Dominican priest and chaplain, Fr Edmund Cruice. However, after eleven years, due to decreasing numbers of pupils and lack of money to pay extern teachers, the school closed.

 

From Sr. Maris Stella McKeown, Archivist, Mission Area of Ireland

For more details, see this website link WHO WE ARE, with Drop down menu –HISTORY and BOOKS.
The drop down menu in WHAT WE DO provides insights into how and where the seed, planted in Dublin in 1717, has grown and sprouted other branches in the following three centuries.

Sisters Ana and Nancy share experiences of their first few days of our new mission in Bariloche, in the Provenance. of Rio Negro in the South of Argentina. They arrived in Bariloche, on 24th October 2017 as the founding members of our new mission accompanied by
Sr. Brigida during their first week.

All three of us got a great ‘send off’ from our Sisters Noemí, Vicky, Patricia, Verónica and Joan before we left our home in Barrio Parque, Moreno, Prov.of Buenos Aires and previously in Victoria with Sr. Matilde. So, blessed with the strength of the farewell we began our 1,565 kilometre bus journey to the South. It was a very pleasant, relaxed, twenty one hour journey to our new temporary home here in Bariloche. We slept most of the time as the tiredness of the last while caught up with us, We arrived in good shape to be warmly welcomed by Fr. Miguel and Sr. Adriana who brought us and our ‘mountain’ of bags, by car, to the home we will occupy for the next month.

We enjoyed a welcome meal with Fr. Miguel, Fr. Diego, Sr. Alfonsia and Sr. Adriana. After a short while we set out with Fr. Miguel to walk around some of the neighbourhoods for the best part of three hours.

There´s no doubt the needs are great – the material needs of the people were plain for us to see today and as we continue to walk this sacred space, we will be able to discover other needs as we listen and share stories and also discover the richness of God´s Kingdom already here in these hidden parts of Argentina. It will take some time to settle down, but the community of Salesians, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and two other Sisters, who do not live too far away, all work together so we know we will be well accompanied in the weeks and months ahead. We also had a visit from one of the priests of the Diocese (who works with those who live on the streets) and two Sisters. It seems word has got around that the Dominicans have arrived in Bariloche!

We are grateful to Fr. Diego, took us by car to get an ‘over all’ look around the parish which is very big and has approximately 35, to 40,000 people. It is amazing to see such poverty and then lift one’s eyes to the beautiful mountains covered in snow – where the tourists come to ski.

At the weekend we hope to help alongside other religious of the Diocese during the pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as we accompany the people and entrust this new mission to Our Lady. With this pilgrimage, the Bishop, Mons. Juan José Chaparro will initiate the beginning of the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Diocese.

Read below information from Vocations Ireland to Advent Young Adult Retreat 

Read below article from RTE website by Dr Bronagh Ann McShane
RECIRC, Moore Institute

 

https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2017/1018/913242-how-luthers-reformation-led-irish-nuns-to-lisbon/

On Friday evening 20 October, the beautiful baroque chapel in Bom Sucesso was filled to capacity with teachers, sisters, members of Fundação, parents, staff and guests, all having some connection with the Dominican community resident there until last year. Flowers adorned the altar and a new stand with the Portuguese and Irish flags completed the setting.

João Sales Luis, President of the Fundação opened the evening by welcoming everyone to the launch. He then went on to give a synopsis of the history of Bom Sucesso over the centuries and the development of the ministry as it is today. He did this through constant references to Sister Honor’s book. Ana Cristina Fernandes followed by giving memories of the sisters as individuals. She also referred to the book, but told the story as a personal one of the sisters and mentioned many of them by name.

A video interview in English between Sister Liz Smyth and Sister Honor McCabe was then shown on a screen. We listened to Honor’s description of the years of research for the work and how she enjoyed going to the National Archives in Lisbon to study documents pertaining to the convent. Her main source of information was however from the archives within the convent itself. Not alone the convent, but indeed the Congregation owes a tremendous debt to Mother Cecilia Murray who rewrote the annals as they had been destroyed during the Revolution of 1910. The foundation which goes back to 1639, needed a licence from the King of Spain (as Portugal and Spain at that time were united). The licence was twice refused, but was finally grantedto Father Dominic O’ Daly on his third request. Before the final signing, Dominic O’Daly had to recruit Irishmen for the King of Spain’s army which he did. The convent opened with four Portuguese women and one Irish woman, the widow of the last King of Leinster, Dónal Spáinneach McMurrough Kavanagh.

Honor explained that the education of girls very often took the form of preparing women for marriage. The women lived in the convent as parlour boarders. That there were such in Bom Sucesso is possible, but there is no proof. The school grew from small beginnings in the nineteenth century and was reinforced by the arrival of the sisters from Cabra in 1860. Honor also described her excitement when she heard that Bom Sucesso was being amalgamated with the Congregation in Ireland in 1955 as she had read some time previously the story of Bom Sucesso in Helen Concannon’s book Irish Nuns in Penal Days. Honor also emphasised that Ireland needs to be grateful to Portugal who supported us through the centuries when times were difficult.

Sister Elisabeth Healy speaking in Portuguese pointed out the pleasure it was to be present at the launch of the Portuguese version of A Light Undimmed. The story reads as a prayer and a narrative of faith in the Providence of God. She expressed the hope that this continue through the Fundação. She thanked both the founders and present day sisters and trusts that the spirituality in this place will endure into the future.

L/R Sr. Elisabeth Healy, Congregation Prioress, Ms. Orla Tunney, Irish Ambassador, Dr João Sales Luis, President of the Foundation

This was also the occasion for the launching of the long-awaited new gate which will be a great blessing to staff responsible for reception and security. At a given moment, people began leaving the church, and most were milling round the patio admiring the new electronic entrance, not of course omitting to partake of the refreshments which were being served in the main hall.  The Irish Ambassador to Portugal was present as were many friends of the community who were delighted to have the chance to greet sisters Aedris and Alicia. Friends who had not seen one another for a long time enjoyed each other’s company as they partook of the food and drink and bought books from the two hardworking booksellers. So much seemed to be going on at the same time. Then quite quickly, the celebrations came to a natural end with friends and families slipping quietly away in their own time, through the gathering darkness.

Mary O’Byrne OP