Mission Month 2017
AMRI was delighted to join World Missions Ireland (WMI) for many activities during Mission Month 2017. Immense thanks is due to James Creedon for his production of Thanks to your Noble Shadow, the story of Sr Paschal O’Sullivan, an Infant Jesus Sister who spend 75 of her 101 years on mission in Japan. The film, shown at the Irish Film Institute on 3rd October will be available widely in the coming months and is strongly recommended for religious of all ages.
On Sunday 8th October Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly welcomed many returned missionaries for Mass at St Joseph’s Oratory, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth which was attended by many religious and friends of missionaries. Special thanks to Sr Julie OLA for her tremendous efforts to ensure that as many as possible could attend. The Kenyan Exhibition on display afterwards caught the attention of everyone.
The Kandle website (www.kandle.ie) shows the wonderful gathering of many children at Carlow Cathedral on Friday 13th October. Congratulations to Julieann Moran (WMI) and her colleagues and to Bishop Denis Nulty for leading a most meaningful and participative National Day of Prayer.
Miles for Mission at the Phoenix Park on Saturday 14th October brought walkers and runners from various places. Again, Archbishop Kieran and Fr Maurice Hogan were there in their T-shirts to lead the way, ably supported by some of our students at the Religious Formation Leadership Programme at Loreto House. There are pictures from the event on the World Missions Ireland Facebook page.
RTE televised Mass for Mission Sunday on 22nd October celebrated by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, assisted by Fr Maurice Hogan Director of WMI. The Liturgy and Music were co-ordinated by Sr Moira Bergin from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Included in the congregation were many of the students of the Religious Formation for Ministry Programme which is based at Willow Park, Blackrock (see our photos below).
Our congratulations and thanks go warmly to Julieann and the staff at World Mission Ireland.
Posted by Sr. Liz Murphy
Emmaus Productions Launches Landscapes of the Soul
Emmaus Productions is delighted to announce the launch of a new online video series, Landscapes of the Soul, by internationally acclaimed spiritual writer, Margaret Silf.
This video series is one of several series for spiritual enrichment, developed and produced by Director, Monica Brown, in the Emmaus Online Video Prayer and Meditation Library hosted on their liturgy site, liturgyritualprayer.com
Landscapes of the Soul series includes the following episodes:
The Garden of Your Soul - (Isaiah 58:11)
A Walk Through Your Day - (Matthew 11:28)
At Home With God - (John 15:4)
River Of Life - (Ezekiel 47: 9)
On The Mountain Top - (Psalm 121:1)
Desert Places - (Hosea 13:5)
Waterfalls - (Psalm 42:7)
Crossing Thresholds - (Deuteronomy 31.8)
All At Sea - (Luke 5:4)
Winds Of Change - (John 3:8)
Here is a sample of one of the ten episodes.
The Advent Scripture Prayer Video Reflections will be available in early November. Below is a sample of last year's series.
Advent - Week 3 - Wilderness
Here is a sample of the Holy Mystery Series, inspired by Laudato Si. Each of the ten episodes in this series consists of 3 - 4 images that are repeated to create a visual mantra, which is supported by text and reflective music. Follow the link below to view the video.
A Great Heart (John O'Donohue)
For details of these wonderful video series, please follow this link and view more samples.
If you are interested in subscribing to these online videos, please follow this link for details.
Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition welcomes Irish government’s commitment to new Community Sponsorship Refugee Programme
New Sponsorship Programme will enable communities across Ireland to directly assist with Ireland’s refugee response
Civil society organisations working on refuge and migration issues in Ireland welcomed the announcement that Ireland has committed to the development of a Community Sponsorship Programme for Refugees. The announcement was made yesterday at the Annual Concordia Summit in New York.
Community Sponsorship is a model for refugee resettlement which was developed in Canada in the late 1970's which invites local communities to come together to support the effective resettlement of refugees. It has been enormously successful in Canada and a number of countries are beginning to develop their own programmes. The UK and Argentina have recently launched programmes and yesterday Ireland and New Zealand announced that they are in the process of developing their own initiatives.
Caoimhe Sheridan, Coordinator of the Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition, stated ‘this programme will bring peace to turbulent lives and allow refugee families and children to live and grow up in safety, in welcoming and peaceful communities across Ireland’.
She continued, ‘This is a momentous commitment from the Irish government. It is a credit to Coalition member organisations as well as the many groups and individuals across the country that have worked tirelessly to ensure Ireland plays its part in the ongoing global humanitarian crisis. In other countries, refugee resettlement programmes have proven stronger thanks to the active participation and support of a vibrant civil society sector. We hope that the same will be true in Ireland’.
Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, stated 'I visited Canada earlier this year and saw their Community Sponsorship Programme in action. It was a hugely inspiring experience. I saw communities coming together with a fantastic sense of purpose to support refugees as they settled into their new lives. It is a programme which delivers really positive outcomes for refugees, but which also strengthens, deepens and enriches host communities.'
'Given the outpouring of support for refugees in Ireland, with people from all around the country pledging solidarity with those fleeing persecution and conflict, I am confident that this programme will be hugely successful. We look forward to working with everyone involved to help support its development. Ireland is a welcoming country; a programme like this will help to ensure that people across the country are able to extend a welcome to those who desperately need our support.'
Fiona Finn, CEO of Nasc stated ‘We are delighted to see this initiative from Minister Stanton and Minister Flanagan. We look forward to working together to roll out this programme, as it will give Irish communities the opportunity to support and provide a safe haven to people fleeing unimaginable situations of conflict and persecution’.
For more information, contact:
Caoimhe Sheridan, Coordinator, Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition: +353877723834
Amnesty International Ireland’s press office: email@example.com, 01 863 8300 or 085 814 8986.
Jennifer DeWan, Campaigns and Communications Manager, Nasc: +353 86 085 3923
The Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition is comprised of 23 organisations working in the area of asylum and migration, locally, nationally and internationally.
A Community Sponsorship refugee programme enables communities to play an active role in welcoming refugees, by providing some forms of in-kind support as well as social and/or emotional support to refugees in the local community. Such initiatives not only provide a real future for the refugees themselves but also have proven to bring communities closer together.
This announcement comes on the anniversary of the New York Declaration which was adopted at a UN High-level Summit on Refugees and Migrants in September 2016 which Ireland co-chaired. It reaffirms the importance of the 1951 Geneva Convention and its additional Protocol, and achieved a common objective for States to address the global refugee crisis including the recognition for more global solidarity.
The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is a multi-stakeholder coalition that aims to build worldwide refugee resettlement capacity by encouraging and supporting the development of community sponsorship programs. It is led by the Government of Canada, UNHCR, the Radcliffe Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and the University of Ottawa.