On 8 September, at a missioning ritual in the chapel in Glasnevin, the Sisters of the Irish Region were presented with the Eco Congregation plaque by Sr. Catherine Brennan SSL. This gives us formal recognition as an ‘Eco Congregation’ – a community of people who are committed to caring for the environment in their daily lives. The plaque is a small wooden oval which is carved by members of Eco Congregations Scotland from recycled church benches. So the piece of wood has a long history from the time it first grew in a forest in Scotland until it arrived in the chapel in Glasnevin!
Prior to the presentation, the team had a visit from two members of Eco Congregations Ireland to assess our progress over recent years. They were very favourably impressed with the eco-friendly design of the Margaret Aylward Centre – in particular, the roof garden. Our formal report to Eco Congregations received a good deal of positive comment and our visitors went away armed with copies of our booklet Taking Steps to Care for our Common Home, which is an updating of the one Maria Hogan did almost twenty years ago.
In her address to the sisters, Sr Catherine commented on the eco- spirituality exemplified in two books of prayers and reflections with creation themes, put together by the sisters. She also praised the fact that so many of the sisters were involved in the day to day commitment to good environmental practice, as reflected in our report. She also praised the sisters’ involvement in the biodiversity garden, with its half-acre of wildflower meadow beside the Margaret Aylward Centre.
Author: Sr Maureen Ferguson CHF