Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vocations Information Days

Have you been thinking about a religious vocation?

Do you have 101 questions to ask?

We, the Presentation Brothers, are holding an Information Day for men aged 18-40 in Dublin on Saturday 5th March 2011 and in Cork on Saturday 12th March 2011. It's an opportunity to meet a Brother and ask questions about what is involved in becoming a member of a religious order.

The Information day begins at 11am and finishes after lunch at about 2.30pm. The event is free of charge and is without obligation.

A free Vocations Information Pack will also be given to those who attend.

Most of the men I meet in my role as vocations director have been thinking about a religious vocation for some time but often the information they need is not readily available. That is the purpose of this day- to provide some advice and support to any man who would like to do something worthwhile with his life and has considered a religious vocation.

For full information, please contact me, Brother Ray Dwyer, at 01-2300824 or email

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Monday, February 7, 2011

F.I.T in Church!

Members of the F.I.T group at a recent meeting.
What supports exist for men and women who are in formation with a religious congregation?

A group of religious women and men have decided to provide that support themselves and have been meeting regularly here in Dublin for the past while.

The group meets to share their experiences, their hopes, struggles and enthusiasm as they journey through their formation process.

Their new blog, Formation, Information, Transformation (F.I.T in Church) contains an impressively worded mission statement:

"Motivated by faith in Christ and the attractiveness of His call we journey in solidarity with each other. For the people of our time this is a radical counter-cultural witness moving from self-centeredness to self-giving, and from self-gratification to self-emptying. Young people are as generous today as in the past in giving their lives to God in the service of others. This life consists not only in a total dedication to prayer but also to an active service of their fellow men and women. Grounded in Christ our self-giving becomes more than a humanitarian outreach, but rather a sharing in the redemptive work of Christ the Redeemer."

Keep an eye on their blog!
F.I.T in Church!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Graduation in Hull

After the graduation in Hull

I'm just back from a few days in England. I graduated with a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Hull. For the past few years I've been studying part time for this degree and needless to say I'm delighted to have graduated. While the degree is awarded by Hull University, my lectures took place at Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House in Cork city and were run by CLEO.

CLEO stands for Christian Leadership in Education Office and was founded by Presentation Brother, Br. Matthew Feheney. Its courses have been attended by dozens of teachers from all over the Munster region over the years.
Even though my recent studies have been in the area of education my original training was in social care. It's an example of how life as a Brother takes many different twists and turns!

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