New Program for 2019 coming soon
March and April 2019
Sat 9thth: Meditation in Movement - Sacred Circle Dance with Mary Hoare pbvm 10am – 1pm; Registration 9.30am; €20 incl. tea/coffee; advanced booking required. No previous dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Wed 20th: 27th , Apr 3rd , 10th : Lenten Prayer 4 Wednesdays 7.30pm – 8pm; Sisters invite you to join with them for prayer. Venue: The Prayer Room
Sat 30th: ‘Day of Relaxation/Meditation’ with Eileen Nash pbvm: Give yourself the Gift of a day away from the busyness and stress of your everyday life! We offer an experience of relaxation and an opportunity to get in touch with yourself, with creation and with God. 10.30am – 3.30pm (registration 10am); bring a packed lunch; cost €25 incl. tea/coffee. Booking essential.
‘When you travel, a new silence goes with you. And if you listen, you will hear what your heart would love to say.’John O’ Donoghue
Nano (Honora) Nagle was born in 1718 in the townland of Ballygriffin, near the village of Killavullen, in the beautiful valley of the Blackwater in County Cork. Her parents, Ann Matthew and Garret Nagle, were relatively wealthy Catholic landowners.
Nano and her six siblings received a basic education at home and in a nearby hedge-school at Monanimy Castle. Because of the Penal Laws, at age ten she was sent to a Benedictine convent school in Ypres, Flanders (then French territory) where the Nagle family had many relatives. On leaving there at age sixteen she continued her education in Paris. When her father died she was called home with her sister Ann and they were appalled by the poverty of the people. Defying the Penal Laws, she secretly set up a cabin-school in Cork’s Cove Lane (now Douglas Street), initially enrolling a class of thirty-five girls. The number of schools grew to seven (including two for boys). Nano, a powerful evangeliser, inspired by the compassion of the heart of Jesus, spent her life caring for the people of Cork. To ensure the continuation of her schools she founded her own congregation, the Presentation Sisters, in 1775. She continued her work and died on 26th April 1784.
The congregation of the Presentation Sisters has spread worldwide and in 2018 is celebrating the Tercentenary of Nano’s birth in creative and diverse ways. In Ballygriffin, this Pilgrimage Walk – Slí Nano is our celebration of Nano’s life and the work that continues in her name.