August 2018

New developments in the Margaret Aylward Centre

For the past three years Sr Brenda Quinn has been Director of our centre. Her warm, kind and creative leadership has seen it blossom. As Brenda steps into a new role on the Generalate (international leadership team); the Holy Faith Sisters have taken the generous step of opening up the post of Director to the wider community. We want to take this opportunity to thank Brenda for her dedication and wish her well in her new roles.    In May 2018, Noirin [...]

May 2018

Annual Margaret Aylward Conference – April 2018

What Might Empowering Justice Look Like? A special conference, at the end of April, invited participants to reflect on justice, empowerment and empowerment through networking. After an excellent mornings reflection from Diarmuid O’ Murchu, participants were invited to apply the principles of this vision to particular areas of work –  Advocacy, Activism, Community Engagement, Homelessness, Prison, or Addiction.  A wonderfully rich conversation flowed that inspired and benefited all present.  After a fantastic day, Sr. Brenda summed it up well when she expressed deep gratitude for Diarmuid’s input [...]

April 2018

“The World is Charged With the Grandeur of God.”

“The World is Charged With the Grandeur of God.”    Gerard Manley Hopkins.    April gifts us with a chance for a new beginning.  Lengthening daylight and the appearance of flowers from the cold earth can lift our hearts and renew our energy.  Easter too can be a new beginning, a moment for us to find new hope and joy.  We wish you a happy Springtime and Eastertide, a time when we can stop and breath in all the promise these delightful [...]

February 2018

Happy St Brigid’s Day!

Today, February 1 – marks the first day of spring,  also known as Lá Fhéile Bhríde, Saint Brigid’s Feast Day. The cold, dark winter days will give way to long, bright, warmer Spring days. St Brigid’s Day may brings back childhood memories of making the ‘Brigid Cross’ at school. This small cross is usually woven from rushes and has four arms tied at the ends and a woven square in the middle.        

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

2017 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”   Father Joseph Wresinski– founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World  Remembering people who struggle with the violence of poverty –  Tuesday, 17 February 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the first Human Rights and Poverty stone having been laid in Paris. The Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonnch addressed the gathering held at the Social Justice and Poverty [...]