Season of Creation - 1st September - 4th October
Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. The history of our friendship with God is always linked to particular places which take on an intensely personal meaning; we all remember places and revisiting those memories does us much good. Anyone who has grown up in the hills or used to sit by the river or played outdoors; going back to these places is a chance to recover something of their true selves.
Laudato Si' 84
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
When I am Among the Trees, Mary Oliver
Considering what humans are doing to the land, our use of self-reflexive consciousness is discouraging. But the story is not finished, and climate change is the ultimate teaching moment. The recent IPCC report has huge implications for us and calls for a mindset shift resonant of Pope Francis' mandate in Laudato Si: "to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it."
Pope Francis has urged people to make "courageous choices" toward more environmentally sustainable lives, and to draw inspiration from the example of young people "who are resolutely committed to this," adding, "and they aren't foolish, because they are committed to their own future."
The annual Season of Creation goes from September 1 – October 4. This year, the Season of Creation carries the theme of "A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God." Oikos is a Greek word meaning "home," and organizers have focused this year on how climate change and other environmental threats jeopardize the homes of millions of people as well as millions more species.
The Season of Creation arrives weeks ahead of a major United Nations climate summit, COP26. The gathering, set for Nov. 1-12 in Glasgow, Scotland, will be the first time in two years that governments will meet for negotiations to move forward in implementing the Paris Agreement.
Upcoming Virtual Session beginning September 13th
- the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN and the Goals of the Encyclical – Laudato Si’.
Where Do They Meet? What Can They Teach Us?
NNB Competition (Essays, Short Stories, Poems) Click on links to view entry
Ages 15- 18
3rd 'Ecology' Tanvi Sharma (Delhi)
2nd 'Toward a Greener World' Salome Esther Levi (Delhi)
1st 'The Promise I Make' Arshia S. Thomas (Delhi)
3rd 'Sounds of Siren' Manora House Community (India S.)
3rd 'The Hope of a Seed' Abinasha (India South Novice)
1st 'The AGM of the Universe' Sr. Marian Mathew 71 yrs. (India S.)
1st 'My Foxes' Molly O’Connell (Coachford, Ireland)
We are a living heritage centre located amongst the breath taking scenery of the Blackwater Valley. The centre marks the birth place of the foundress of the Presentation Congregation, Nano Nagle.
Nano Nagle Birthplace provides tranquillity and spirituality and is the perfect location for those looking for some time out in a natural peaceful setting.
Our mission is to promote a vision of eco spirituality - the natural interconnectedness of everything, which leads to personal transformation and a sense of responsibility to our earth and to all living beings.
We run retreats, courses, school programmes, day away programmes and host conferences & events. Visitors can come and do a heritage & organic farm tour, cosmic walk, work on an allotment and simply enjoy the natural beauty of the place.
Our base is a 32-acre certified organic farm with dining facilities and self-catering accommodation that operates to the highest environmental standards.
In line with Government Restrictions, we will remain closed until further notice, however, check out the virtual online programs we have on offer. Our Prayer Room and Cosmic Walk remain open.