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A Place of Stillness and Beauty

Reflect Together About Things That Matter

Spend Time in a Bio-Diverse Haven

Welcome to the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue

Named in honour of Margaret Aylward, the founder of the Holy Faith Sisters, in whose grounds the centre sits.

I am not a poet, though Glasnevin might make one a poet.
Margaret Aylward

Opened in February 2014, this contemporary building is set in beautiful surroundings steeped in rich history in a place long associated with the spiritual life. From St Mobhi in the 6th century right up to the Holy Faith Sisters.  Be inspired and nourished in this welcoming space where people of all faiths and none can find both stillness and dialogue.
#cityoasis.

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What Is Our Real Hearts Hunger? With Siobhán Larkin CHF

Exploring Christian wisdom about belonging, community, love and spirituality in a positive, informative evening series.  An opportunity to explore your  questions about faith.   Siobhán has led a number of very interesting discussion groups across lockdown, with challenging input and good discussion. Now she invites...

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Yoga for Well-Being with Christina Breen

Re-Opening Wednesday, Sept, 29th, 2021. 4 – 5.pm & 5.30 – 6.30.pm | First class – trial @ €15.00 | Block of 4 @ €55.00 Returning to connection with people and places, and most of all to connection with self. An embodied, mindful practice of gentle...

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Yoga For Well-Being with Christina Breen

Re-Opening Wednesday, Sept, 29th, 2021. 4 – 5.pm & 5.30 – 6.30.pm | First class – trial @ €15.00 | Block of 4 @ €55.00 Returning to connection with people and places, and most of all to connection with self. An embodied, mindful practice of gentle...

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Christian Meditation

Every Thursday from September 2021 | 7:30 - 8:30pm David Ellison has been a long term practitioner of meditation and has been facilitating groups for many years, including over three years at the Margaret Aylward Centre. This group is open to people of all faiths...

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Margaret Aylward Centre

What Is Our Real Hearts Hunger? With Siobhán Larkin CHF

Exploring Christian wisdom about belonging, community, love and spirituality in a positive, informative evening series.  An opportunity to explore your  questions about faith.   Siobhán has led a number of very interesting discussion groups across lockdown, with challenging input and good discussion. Now she invites...

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Laudato Si Animators – The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations ….

Some of our Holy Faith sisters who worked in South Sudan in recent years will remember fondly Fr Tim Galvin, a Kiltegan priest from Brosna, Co Kerry, who has lived there since 1983. Fr Tim recently trained as a Laudato Si Animator and created THIS…

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As we emerge…

As we emerge from lockdown and begin to step out into the summer, its a good opportunity be grateful for all that we have been given. Had we been told in February 2020 that we were entering into more than a year of isolation, we…

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A Pentecost reflection

On Saturday 22nd May, we gathered before Pentecost to reflect on the guidance of the Holy Spirit with our friend and guide Donal Dorr. Participants logged in from across this island, England, Scotland, America, Australia and from parts of Asia and Africa too. Much like…

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Launch of a New Book Reflecting on Covid
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The Irish Catholic Church Calls a Synod – Irish Bishops Ask for your Opinion
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From Gloom to Zoom – Creating New Communities of Hope Online

When the centre closed in doors in early March 2020, we imagined that a 12 week closure might be the worst possible scenario. Our first thought was how we might support both facilitators and participants on our courses in this challenging time. We decided to do three things To change our…

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Deirdre Ni Chinneide – Crossing the Threshold of Hope
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Laudato Si, Bookclubs and Celebrations – Caring for our Common Home Online

A book club with Dermot Lane on his new book ‘Theology and Ecology in dialogue: the wisdom of Laudato Si’. A fantastic opportunity to unpack Dermot’s important contribution to this conversation as we explored how every aspect of our theology and faith was, and is,…

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Thank you – Lent and Easter at the Margaret Aylward Centre

If you would like to send us a testimonial or review of any events that we might be able to share with newcomers, please email info@macfd.ie. Thank you.

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#DareToCare – A Webinar Encouraging Engagement and Appreciation in Society.
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Marie Dunne CHF – Sharing Music and Healing Across Lockdown

Marie Dunne is ‘one of our own’ here in the Margaret Aylward centre – a Holy Faith Sister choir director, and composer of Liturgical Music amongst many other gifts. She is always a friendly, encouraging voice for us all, so we weren’t surprised when across…

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January 2021 – New Year, New Possibilities

As we begin again we want to offer our friends and community some gentle, encouraging events to lift our spirits. So we are delighted that Anne F O’Reilly has come together with Deirdre Ní Chinnéide to offer two courses for you, and that Martina Lehane…

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Advent and Christmas 2020

 It was a lovely end to a busy year, and we are grateful that we could gather, if only online. We really look forward to being able to meet in person again soon.

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The Digital Parish

We continue our Facebook series today here on The Digital Parish asking some questions of priests, religious, bishops, lay people, who have been using digital media before and during the Covid-19 pandemic to reach out online. As well as finding out how people are reaching…

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A Love Letter to the Earth

On Sunday, 24 May 2020, we are celebrating! The Margaret Aylward centre is delighted to be part of the organising committee for the prestigious event “A Love Letter to the Earth”. An evening of music, poetry and song with internationally known speakers sharing hope!! Register…

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Laudato Si Week!

This week is designated as Laudato Si week! It is the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis letter to all about caring for our common home. So as we start Laudato Si week today (16-24th May), I invite you to read one chapter…

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Colour In The Cracks!

Just sharing a recent sight that spoke, indeed is still speaking Hope to my spirit and brought unexpected Joy to my heart; a gift from “the God of Perpetual Surprises” (Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei 35). Having been ill and cocooned for roughly a month my…

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Beyond A Throwaway Culture

It was a great joy to gather together a group of interested, invested participants for a day of reflection and challenge on the theme of eco-justice in our world this February. As a centre, we are convinced that the climate change conversation is the most…

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Thoughts of the week

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell