Luisne work­shops on mean­ing­ful faith

Bray People - - NEWS -

WHILE the sale of the con­vent and grounds has meant a change of venue, ac­tiv­i­ties con­tinue this au­tumn at the Luisne Cen­tre for Spir­i­tu­al­ity in Kil­coole.

Luisne is in op­er­a­tion now for 13 years and will be­gin a new se­ries of work­shops across the road at Kil­coole Com­mu­nity Cen­tre this Satur­day.

Diar­muid O Murchu will lead this in­ter­est­ing and provoca­tive se­ries on Search­ing for a Mean­ing­ful Faith in To­day’s World. The se­ries com­prises five ap­prox­i­mately monthly work­shops, with the first tak­ing place this Satur­day, Septem­ber 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The work­shops cost €20 each or €80 for all five if paid in ad­vance.

Any­one in­ter­ested is asked to book as soon as pos­si­ble at of­fice@luisne.ie or phone 086 0517575. Visit www.luisne.ie to stay up to date with ac­tiv­i­ties at the ce­tre.

This year marks the 120th an­niver­sary of the ar­rival of the Holy Faith Sis­ters in Kil­coole. The coun­try and county have greatly changed in the course of those 120 years.

In 1897 there was great poverty in Ire­land; to­day, in spite of the hous­ing cri­sis, there is rel­a­tive wealth. The ad­vance in so­ci­ety can be at­trib­uted to ease of ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion for all and the Holy Faith Sis­ters, tra­di­tion­ally a teach­ing or­der, con­trib­uted to that.

When the Sis­ters first came to Kil­coole they es­tab­lished three schools within the same build­ing: one for board­ing boys, one for lo­cal girls and one for lo­cal boys. The fees from the board­ers helped to fund the school project as there was no depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in those days.

Over the years, the work of the Sis­ters both, gen­er­ally and in Kil­coole, ex­panded to in­clude par­ish work, home visi­ta­tion and the run­ning of spir­i­tu­al­ity cen­tres, in­clud­ing Luisne.

Although the re­main­ing Sis­ters are mov­ing to an­other venue in the sur­round­ing area their work in Kil­coole con­tin­ues.

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