AMRI Advent Series 2021: Living Laudato Si

 

Week One: Journeying the Ecological Path with Fr. Brendan McManus SJ 

On the first week of Advent, we journey with Fr. Brendan McManus SJ, who shares unique experiences in his ecological awakening:

 

Week Two: Walking the path of the Willow – the road to renewable energy at St. Patrick’s, Kiltegan 

On the second week of Advent, we walk with Frs Seamus O’Neil and Pat Murphy SPS at St. Patrick’s Kiltegan, to explore their journey in responding to the call of ecological conversion, by seeking ways of producing energy from renewable sources.

 

Week Three: An Tairseach – Rediscovering My Space in the Everyday

On the third week of Avent, AMRI Justice, Peace and Ecology Coordinator shares her experience of ecological discovery after her visit to An Tairseach Organic Farm and Ecology Centre (https://antairseach.ie/) .

 

Week Four: (Re)Connecting with the biosphere – an evolutionary cosmic journey. Fr. Michael Long  

Continuing with the theme of caring for our common home, we journey to the Cabragh Wetlands in Co Tipperary, where Fr. Michael Long SPS, explores our interconnectedness with the biosphere, along with our story of creation.
Fr. Michael reflects on the vulnerability of all of nature and highlights the human impact on biodiversity and the urgency with which we must shift our consciousness toward an ecological conversion. He notes how this season of Advent is an ideal time to consider this transformation.

“At this time of year, you’re heading into winter. Nature is quiet. Nature is resting. The earth is resting… as it awaits the return of the sun to illuminate the earth and bring back life. At this time of Advent, we too are in expectant mode as we await the arrival of the Son of God.”
Fr. Michael Long, Cabragh Wetlands Centre

The Cabragh Wetlands Trust was established in 1993 to support the devastation of wetland habitats after the filling-in of the settling pools by the closure in 1989 of the Thurles Sugar Factory. The wetlands are situated in the floodplain of the River Suir just 4km south of Thurles in Co Tipperary and is a critical part of the river catchment in terms of its support to biodiversity. It encompasses some 15 different habitats including ponds, reed swamps, hedgerows, streams and wildflower meadows. Cabragh Wetlands is considered by BirdWatch Ireland to be one of the best locations in the country for birdwatching and insect spotting! For more information see Cabragh Wetlands at: http://www.cabraghwetlands.ie/blog/

 

Week 4: Laudato Si focused Advent Prayer service