The Margaret Aylward Centre offers an annual program of events that aims to support faith and dialogue. You can see a sample of our previous programs in these short promotional videos used on social media over the years.
Looking back with Gratitude (May 2021)
A short film to remind us of all the online courses we experienced together in lockdown! Thanks so much to all who engaged, supported and inspired us!! We are truly blessed
Opportunities for the Autumn (September 2019)
Introducing our program for Autumn/Winter 2018 (September 2018)
A short overview of events on offer.
Welcome to the Margaret Aylward Centre (2018)
Some images of the site and its beautiful grounds.
A Gaisce welcome!
A video created for use on social media by St Mary's students, as part of their Gasice placement with us in the Margaret Aylward Centre.
In Glasnevin, the beauty all around us helps us to be still and notice the beauty within. We are blessed with quiet and thriving grounds which can be walked by course participants, by a lovely biodiversity garden developed by the Holy Faith sisters, and by proximity to the Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetry. Here are some images from across the year
Some images from the grounds and from workshops
We welcome so many people into our centre across the year.
We couldn’t open the doors without volunteers, and we are so grateful to each person.
We are blessed with wonderful facilitators and workshop leaders who offer such diverse and creative events for all.
Its also very special that many community groups and organizations rent space in the centre for their planning, review or public events. They offer us a great insight into the wider work of the community, and invite many into the centre for the first time.
This is what its all about – people. We are grateful.
Volunteers, Facilitators, Community Groups - a selection of faces from various events,
Each September, we open our gates on Culture Night and welcome a variety of experiences and events for people to enjoy. A walk of the ancient grounds might be followed by a lecture or choir, a story telling might lead into a chance to view the night sky from our balcony. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate our culture on this beautiful site in Glasnevin.
Some images from across the years showing the diversity on offer - astronomy, poetry, storytelling, choirs, music, history.... All welcome to our annual celebration of culture.
We had nine lovely days together in late June 2019, where we meditated, reflected and lived in silence here, by day. Led by Korko Moses SJ*, a Jesuit based in Kolkatta diocese in India, over 30 participants were given a taster of Ashram in the beautiful surroundings of the centre here. It was a real blessing for us all.
* Swami Sharanananda Reverend Korko Moses SJ is a Jesuit priest living in India. A spiritual guide, teaching contemplative practices of meditation & yoga, and founded Dhyanavanam, an Ashram inspired by Christian & Eastern spiritual tradition. He teaches and leads retreats, has worked as a counsellor and spiritual guide to those suffering with addictions at Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and he offers spiritual guidance at the five L’Arche communities in India.He visits Ireland annually for various retreats and events.
An Ashram Experience with Korko Moses
A small selection of photos from the gathering
Take some time for poetry, song and music from Ireland and hear inspiring activists from across the world challenge us to truly ‘Live Laudato Si’ this week and always!
This event is a collaboration of Laudato Si Office, Trocaire with Veritas Ireland, Eco Congregation Ireland and the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, Holy Faith Sisters. A huge thanks to our artists, activists and speakers from Ireland and across the world. Thank you Marie Dunne, Deirdre Ní Chinneide, Eleanor Hooker, parents and children from Cappabue National School, Bantry (Doireann, Mollie May, Chloe, Kayla and Paige), Ceara Conway, John Philip Newell, Drew Dellinger, Bill McKibben, Saoirse Exton and Anne Rynne. Thanks too to Lorna Gold and Vivek de Silva who co-hosted the event, and to Jane Mellett and Noirin Lynch who were our backroom team.
Please note that this was a live event at the start of lockdown as we were still learning and so transitions are not edited to perfection! We share this video in the spirit of enthusiasm for the excellent content included, and hope you can enjoy it in that same spirit!
** All it takes is one good person to restore hope! (Laudato Si’ #71) **
Love Letter to the Earth Laudato Si 5th Anniversary Event
A one hour celebration from Ireland, with artists and activists from across the Globe.
Beyond A Throwaway Culture:
Finding Good Eco-Questions for our Faith Communities – February 2020
“Human beings too are creatures of this world, enjoying a right to life and happiness and endowed with unique dignity. So we cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture.”
“The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. … These days, they (the poorest people) are mentioned in international political and economic discussions, but one often has the impression that their problems are brought up as an afterthought, … when all is said and done, they frequently remain at the bottom of the pile. This is due partly to the fact that many professionals, opinion makers, communications media and centres of power, being located in affluent urban areas, are far removed from the poor, with little direct contact with their problems. … This lack of physical contact and encounter, encouraged at times by the disintegration of our cities, can lead to a numbing of conscience and to tendentious analyses which neglect parts of reality.
At times this attitude exists side by side with a “green” rhetoric.
Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
From Laudato Si – Pope Francis letter to the world about Care for our Common Home.
Our question for this conference remains:
What is the role of a (faith) leader in reflecting on climate and social justice?
What are good questions for leaders to be asking of themselves
and of the world, on behalf of their (faith) communities?
Beyond A Throwaway Culture - A short report from the day
Beyond A Throwaway culture - Handout
Some images from the Conference
A special conference, at the end of April 2018, invited participants to reflect on justice, empowerment and
empowerment through networking. Brenda summed it up well when she expressed deep gratitude for Diarmuid’s input throughout the day, saying “You made it seem doable. You have given us a compass.
April 2018 Margaret Aylward Centre Conference
Some images from the day
Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith Dialogue was opened and blessed in indifferent weather but bright spirits on St Brigid’s Day 1 February, 2014. About eighty five guests filled the lower floor for the ceremony of prayer, reflection and blessing.
Diarmuid Martin, RC archbishop of Dublin officiated and the Rev. David Oxley represented Archbishop Jackson, the C of I Archbishop of Dublin.
Architect, Ralph Bingham of MOLA Architecture, enthralled the crowd with an explanation of his design concept for the building; a pavilion floating on the lawn. Archbishop Martin and Holy Faith Congregational Leader, Vivienne, struck a similar note in emphasizing the role of the Centre as a place of dialogue and interaction: dialogue between Christian denomination; different faiths but also the dialogue of ideas all needing the dialogue of hearts as both a pre-requisite and an outcome.
Many commented on how the architecture drew on the natural environment to express the Centre’s other role: a place of reflection and stillness for all.
Speech by Archbishop Martin at the Opening Ceremony 2014
Speech by Archbishop Martin from the Opening Ceremony 2014
Some images from the day.
These fortnightly gatherings offered us a chance to reflect on topics that arose in the previous gathering. Not dependent on Donal’s book – the focus here was personal reflection and engagement. Some reading was available for chapters 3 and 4, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Nourishing the Spirit
Christian Spirituality and Religion
Sharing Spiritualities with other Christian Traditions and other Religions.
Some handouts for week four - Dialogue with World Religions
Some handouts for week four - Dialogue with the Western World
Some handouts for week four - Dialogue with Primal Religions
Some handouts for week four - Nature as Anam Cara
This series is based on Fr Dermot Lane’s latest publication ‘Theology and Ecology in Dialogue’. The video is part of a book club at the Margaret Aylward Centre, Glasnevin in conjunction with Jane Mellett (Laudato Si and Trocaire); from August to October 2020.
This video series is a conversation rather than a conventional book club. Each week we will look at a particular theme, with some suggested reading from Donal’s latest book. If you can read these suggestions in advance, great. However, you can still enjoy the conversation if you cannot.
Mystery and Faith - See chapter one and two, and the final three pages of the book, pages 245-247.
Conversion - See chapter 17, 19 and 20.