Inspired by Mary

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

In this piece from 2017, we hear from Comedian Breda Larkin who created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company […]

Eco Congregations Conference

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in EcoCongregations, Ecology, Environment

In this piece from the archive, we look at Eco Congregations Ireland. They were holding an inaugural conference back in 2012 in Dromantine, near Newry, September 14-15. There were to be many speakers looking at the theology of ecology and sustainable living. Included amongst the speakers is the Rev Peter Owen-Jones, Sussex-based clergyman, author and […]

New Year, New Leaf

Posted on 07. Jan, 2021 in Church Teachings, Ecology

January is a time for turning over a new leaf and what better way than to ensure that we all live more ecologically. In this piece from the Jan 2006 archive, Miriam Gormally speaks with Dorrie Balse who coordinated the then Masters programme in Holistic development for Pastoral Ministry and a Masters programme in Social […]

A Natural Christmas

Posted on 17. Dec, 2020 in Christmas, Ecology, Nature, Seasons of the Church Year

During the Christmas season we have a tradition of bringing nature into out homes, from the Christmas tree to holly to yew logs.  Miriam Gormally met John McLaughlin from the tree council of Ireland to find out where these traditions originate.  He also explained why it is important to be careful about what we bring […]

Celtic Spirituality

Posted on 09. Jul, 2020 in EcoCongregations, Ecological, Ecology, Nature, Retreats, Spiritual, Spirituality Sr. Marian O’Sullivan, a Dominican sister in the Dominican Ecology Centre in Wicklow Town was host to John Philip Newell a Church Of Scotland Minister from Edinburgh with a particular interest in Celtic Spirituality. Philip was in Wicklow to give a talk to several priests and religious who are on a sabbatical residential […]

Laudato Tree

Posted on 11. Jun, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology, Faith and Justice

Laudato Tree is a project aimed at healing the planet and empowering its people. With the backing of Pope Francis and a gift of 1000 trees from Cardinal Tukson, the initiative will contribute towards The Great Green Wall  in the Sahel – a prime example of ecological conservation in action. Pope Francis endorsed the project on […]

Let Go and Let God

Posted on 28. May, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice

Irish Jesuit Brendan McManus’ latest book The Way to Manresa, has just been published by Loyola Press, Chicago.  In this second part of his story, he compares some of the spiritual understandings of his Ignatian Camino with the Twelve Steps Program, recognising how he needed to “Let Go and Let God”. The book is the […]

Faith and the Climate Crisis

Posted on 21. May, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Dr Lorna Gold is a Scottish-Irish academic, climate campaigner and author. She also works for Trócaire and has been heavily involved in their climate campaign. Inspired by Laudato Si’ she will be hosting, “A Love Letter to the Earth” on May 24th, celebrating the fifth anniversary its publication. Here she talks with Miriam Gormally about faith and […]

Love Letter to the Earth

Posted on 21. May, 2020 in Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Faith Groups, Nature

May marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, Care for our Common Home which revolutionised much of our theological thinking around the environment and our relation to the earth. Together with Veritas, Trócaire, the Mary Alyward Centre and Eco Congregations, they are organising an online evening of music, poetry and theology celebrating […]

The Way to Manresa

Posted on 14. May, 2020 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Health, Nature, Pilgrimage

Irish Jesuit Brendan McManus’ latest book The Way to Manresa, has just been published by Loyola Press, Chicago. A story that Brendan describes as “a spirituality of failure”. The book is the story of Brendan’s experiences along the Ignatian Camino in Spain, which runs for 600km from Loyola to Manresa, following the journey that St […]