July 2015

June 2015

Laudato Si’, on the Care Of Our Common Home

  We welcome Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’, Care For Our Common Home.  The call for dialogue between faith and ecology is one we are passionate about. You are welcome to join us on Saturday, July 4, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm for a seminar called Ecology and Spirituality facilitated by Colette Kane, a Dominican Sister.

Summer in the Centre 

There was great joy and excitement when our new wall hanging arrived on June 5. We commissioned Daiva Stasiukynaite to carry out this work. We wanted colour; a piece that would inspire and draw us into beauty, silence and contemplation. This, and more, is what Daiva has achieved. Daiva is a Lithuania-born, Irish-based textile designer, who loves natural fibres and works under Daiva’s Textiles brand producing local and quality wearable and fine art textiles. Her work reflects her love of [...]

FARFAR Invitation

On Tuesday, May 26, some of our staff and friends visited the FARFAR group in Rialto.  They came to our centre last November.  FARFAR Visit Every Tuesday this group of Muslim women gather with Gemma Mc Kenna, formerly of Partners in Faith, in her flat in the newly refurbished Fatima Mansions. There they learn English and support each other in the process of adjusting to a new country and culture. We had a delightful time together as the women shared [...]

May 2015

Association for Church Archives AGM 2015

The AGM of the Association for Church Archives was held in the Margaret Aylward Centre on Saturday 9 May 2015.  Almost 60 archivists attended to listen to three presentations on policy making and their practical application.  The speakers were Dr Elizabeth Mullins, School of History & Archives UCD, Damien Burke, Irish Jesuit Archives and Vera Orschel, Sisters of St Louis Archives.  Noelle Dowling, Dublin Diocesan Archivist and Chair of the ACAI, said the membership were very taken with the [...]

April 2015

Home From South Sudan

Sr. Brenda Quinn, Director of the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, has recently returned to Ireland after spending two months in South Sudan.  The Holy Faith Sisters are working collaboratively with the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, also known as the Kiltegan Fathers, in the establishment of a primary school in Riwoto, a village in a very remote area in the south of South Sudan. “It was a wonderful experience of life in a different culture with some of [...]

March 2015

St. Mary’s Glasnevin field trip -Architects in Schools Initiative

On March 5 2015  TY students from St Mary’s Secondary School Glasnevin, along with Architect Evelyn D’Arcy and Art Teacher Cathy Kavanagh took a study tour of the Margaret Alward Centre in the school campus grounds. Designed by Móla architecture, the exquiste design, amazing views and combination of natural and ultra-modern materials inspired all. Back in the classroom, the students started hatching their own design ideas…see www.mydesignjournal.ie for more info and blog posts from the IAF’s schools programme. See gallery [...]

February 2015

Don Bosco Care Staff at the Margaret Aylward Centre.

  Don Bosco Care provides Residential Care and Aftercare for 32 boys aged 10 – 21 years at 6 houses across north Dublin. These young people are referred to us for care because it is unsafe for them to live with their families. We also provide an Outreach aftercare service to 60 boys and girls who have moved or are moving from care to independence. The talks on the day with our care staff were about the spiritual aspect of the Don [...]

December 2014

The Christmas Eve Truce 1914

A talk on the Christmas Eve Truce 1914 took place at Margaret Aylward centre for Faith and Dialogue on Monday 15th December 2014. The talk was given by Don Mullan, a long term campaigner for justice, non-violence and reconciliation. Originally from Derry, Don was a child witness to the awful events of Bloody Sunday 1972, in which 13 unarmed people lost their lives while participating in a civil rights demonstration in Derry. Inspired to confront injustice, Don as a [...]

Remembrance Service

On Saturday, 22 November 2014 twenty one members of the St. Brigid’s GNS Finglas West choir of 1977 gathered together to remember a young friend, Suzanne Donnelly whom they lost tragically 37 years ago. Earlier this year the group reunited to discover that throughout the 37 years none of them had ever forgotten their dear friend Suzanne, and so they decided that they would like to have a special day to remember and to celebrate Suzanne’s short but special [...]