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Belfast 12.01.2024

What an apt and imaginative title for a gathering of groups in Northern Ireland whose aim is to tackle the effects of the climate crisis together! Attendees ranged from church groups to the Mothers Union and the GAA. Such diversity brought energy and vibrancy to the conversations over coffee and to the discussion. Ulster University hosted the meeting. We were welcomed and led in prayer by the UU Chaplains. Tea and coffee were provided which helped to open the conversation and help people to mingle.

The key-note address was given by Dr Lorna Gold who came from Glasgow to work as Policy officer with Trócaire. During her time with Trócaire Lorna came to realise that faith values can transform systems and influence change.  During the pandemic, after 18 years’ service Lorna decided to move from Trócaire to help start a brand -new organisation called FaithInvest – where she is now the CEO. This organisation has a focus on mobilising all faiths to put their own resources to work – especially their financial investments – to help shift the economy towards greater sustainability. The full text of her excellent address is attached to this article.

Lorna’s input was well received and some of the comments on the evaluation sheets include:

‘Rewrite the future  – refuse to believe that this is how it ends.’

Let us change the narrative – by empowerment and spiritual resonance

Faiths have the tradition of helping people.

We have a broken world – it is time for action. We have to abandon optimism – it will not be OK

We need hope not enthusiasm. Faith communities must put aside differences to act. Dig where you stand. Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission’

Join Dots that build hope

Look after the simple things

Communication important – like a football team – all players have the one goal but need to communicate with each other to achieve the goal.

Start at grass roots level

Use head, heart and hands

Click here to read the full address

Click here to view more photos of joining the Dots Together

Mission News 2023

Daughters of Charity

Where we are

We are women who have responded to the Call of Christ to live out our baptismal commitment by reaching out in His name to the people at the margins of our society. With the help and collaboration of many others we contribute to the provision of Child and Family Services, Pre-Schools, Education, Specialised Services for Young People, Services for People with Intellectual Disability, Health Care Services, Services for Older People, Services in Parishes, Family Resource Centres, Services for People who are Homeless, Vincentian Partnership Programmes, Mission Outreaches, Marian Services, Services to the wider Community and Provincial Administration.


MINISTRIES

The Daughters of Charity have provided services to persons with intellectual disability in Ireland for over a century. Today these services are based in Dublin, Limerick and Tipperary and include community-based residential services...

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MISSIONS

The Daughters of Charity are present in 21 African Countries. The Irish Sisters have worked in Nigeria and Ethiopia since the early 1960’s and now the young Nigerian Sisters have branched out to Ghana and Burkina Faso giving us contacts in all these mission areas...

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  • “When you leave prayer and Holy Mass to serve those in need, you are losing nothing, because serving those in need is going to God and you should see God in them.”

    St Vincent
  • “Say little, do much”

    St Vincent
  • “Good works are often spoiled by moving too quickly.”

    St Vincent
  • “If we want to please our good God, we must not look so much to what we want to do, but to what He wants us to do.”

    St Louise
  • “Do not believe that things will always be as they are now.”

    St Louise
  • “You are well aware that changes are always difficult, and that it takes time to learn new ways of serving skilfully and well.”

    St Louise
  • “If God is the centre of your life, no words will be needed. Your mere presence will touch their hearts.”

    St Vincent
  • “God makes use of the humblest instruments for the extraordinary operation of His grace.”

    St Vincent
  • “Charity is not charity if not accompanied by justice.”

    St Vincent
  • “The least esteemed by men are perhaps the best loved by God.”

    St Louise
  • “The greater the work the more important it is to establish it on a solid foundation. Thus it will not only be more perfect, it will also be more lasting.”

    St Louise
  • “Speak to God with great simplicity and familiarity, God only wants our hearts.”

    St Louise

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