Dear Friends of New Monasticisms Ireland.
We have decided to take some time out in the months before Christmas 2017 to reflect and redirect our focus this year. As you know we run three events per year – usually Autumn, Spring and Summer. We will be having no event this Autumn. Our Book Clubs and Meditation continues as usual. For updates see our About page.
We have invited Sr Teresa Forcades OSB to join us on January 27th 2018.
Who is Teresa Forcades?
Teresa Forcades i Vila, OSB was born in 1966. She is a Catalan physician and a Benedictine Nun. She studied medicine at the University of Barcelona. In 1992 she moved to the United States, where in 1995 she completed a residency at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, specializing in internal medicine. After obtaining a scholarship, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she gained the degree of Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School in 1997.
She is a social activist, focusing on public health. She has gained an international reputation for her criticisms of the pharmaceutical industry. She is also a controversial writer on pseudoscientific remedies, Christian feminism and Catalan Independence.
Teresa Forcades is not afraid of addressing the issues of the day. She addressed those who attended Greenbelt in the UK http://www.greenbelt.org.uk during the Summer. Please click below to read The Tablet Interview written by Joanna Moorhead 06 September 2017. You can access a limited number of articles in The Tablet before committing to join its readership!
Please check here for more information closer to the time.
Anne Gill of Sufi Ireland has notified us about an event in October 2017.
This might be of interest to those who attended our workshop with Prof. Sara Sviri
Please click on link below.
See also www.sufiireland.com
Our recent Event 2017
Hope in the Face of Fear –
A workshop on living with the opposites in our lives
An Introduction to Sufi mysticism
With Prof. Sara Sviri
17th June 2017
Avila Carmelite Conference Centre
On Saturday 17th June 2017 we had the privilege of hearing Prof. Sara Sviri at Avila Carmelite Centre. This had to be the hottest day of the year so far and our attendance was small. Despite being ill the previous evening Sara recovered and presented a day of intimate reflection under the title Hope in the Face of Fear –
A workshop on living with the opposites in our lives
When I say intimate, I refer to the way we gathered at Avila. We were seated in a semi circle close to the speaker with plenty of time for questions and answers.
Prof Sara’s fields of study include Islamic mysticism, mystical philosophy, comparative aspects of early Islam, the formative period of Islamic mysticism, and the mystical wisdom of Ibn Arabi. Sara outlined for us that although her background is in the Jewish tradition – she had no desire to convert to Islam per se however the Sufi tradition and its mystical tradition has sustained her throughout her life.
Three elements I come away with:
- The beautiful poem from Attar, The Conference of the Birds – we examined what this could mean in our lives and what we understood this to say to our experience.
- The Sufi ‘s saying that the work is done in the heart. The comparison with Theresa of Avila’s interior castle. The practice of dhikr – the remembrance of God.
- The holding of opposites. The two seas. It is that in-between space that holds the tension. Neither identifying with one or the other. Sara used the image of the keystone in an arch, which holds the entire building – without which the structure collapses.
New Monasticisms Ireland is grateful to Prof. Sara for her input and to the Community at Avila for their support and beautiful location.
The Mystic Archetype – with Fr. Francis Tiso
Teaching of Abishiktananda and Pannikar
The year 2017 will mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Raimondo Panikkar’s Blessed Simplicity: The Monk as Universal Archetype. Dr Francis Tiso will explore the origins and contemporary developments set in train by Pannikar and the call experienced by many persons today to committed contemplative living and interreligious dialogue. In the lives of such persons, there is already already present the integration of what seemed “explosive” thirty five years ago i.e. Panikkar’s final reflections on the “mystic” as constitutive of the Human; and the role of lay contemplatives in creating viable programs of dialogue at the service of communities of faith in the present time of global crisis.
4th March 2017
Francis Tiso is an Italo-American who manages a mountain parish in the region of Isernia, Italy. He holds a Master in Divinity studies from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Columbia University, & has published articles with Brother David Steindl-Rast on Zen Catholic dialogue. He has worked on inter-religious dialogue, currently works with parish programs of assistance to newly arrived migrants in South Italy. Francis gave a presentation on Christian contemplative prayer at the Mind & Life Europe Summer Dialogue 2015 .
Recordings of all events – Contemplative Dawn with Rev Dr Francis Tiso and previous event –
Charles de Foucauld (1858 – 1916) and Contemplative Dialogue with Islam – Spiritual Seeking on New Frontiers with Fr. Stephen Cummins OP and Sheikh Dr Umar Al Qadri
available from www.eist.ie
See here conversation between Raimon Pannikar and Abishiktananda
Raimon Pannikar – The Window
For information about our Book Clubs Sophia Book Club and Cill Dara Book Club – Silence in the City please go to our https://newmonasticismsireland.com/ about page.
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