“Bridges don’t fall from the sky, they don’t rise from the ground. People build them” (Eboo Patel) Sisters of Faith for Peace look forward to another exciting year of building bridges between the different faiths! Noirin Lynch, (Director of the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue) who recently joined the steering group of the Sisters of Faith for Peace is delighted to be on board and appreciative of the warm welcome extended!
A blessed and peaceful Advent time to all our friends and volunteers from all here at the Margaret Aylward centre. May your Christmas time be filled with hope, healing, laughter and love. We want to take this moment to thank you for all your support this past Autumn/Winter. We will have the Spring/Summer 2019 programme available in January, which we will advertise here, on our social media and in our monthly email newsletter (click here to sign up for newsletter). God bless Noirin
What a pleasure to welcome Sr Hilda Murphy (Holy Faith sisters, Coombe) and her Golden Wonders Group from Whitefriar Street, for a Christmas afternoon tea in the Margaret Aylward centre. After a beautiful prayer, Sr Hilda had everyone singing carols, hymns, calypso’s and more! A wonderful celebration of life and of Christmas! We look forward to welcoming the group back in the summer time!
We want to say thank you to all who have shared their gifts with us here in the Margaret Aylward Centre. To speakers, volunteers, participants, staff and facilitators: Thank you. To schools, businesses, parishes, holistic and faith groups and to community development gatherings: Thank you. To caterers, cleaners, florists, maintenance and emergency support: Thank you. May Advent be a blessed time for you all.
Culture Night is celebrated every September, when free cultural events are held in towns and cities all over the country. Wherever and however you celebrated Culture Night 2018, we hope you had as nice a time as we had here in the Margaret Aylward Centre. We walked, talked, sang and celebrated thanks to the enthusiasm of botanists, the experience of historians and the joy of youthful singers! Maria Cullen and Howard Fox started the evening with the very popular Botanical Walk, providing our new brochure [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
The Sisters of Faith for Peace held their Women’s Interfaith Wellness Event at the centre on Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018, and it was a really wonderful experience. To read more click here
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.