What do we do?

New Monasticisms Ireland hosts

Three major teaching events in the year.

Meditation – Silence in the City

Two book clubs.

Sophia Book Club & Cill Dara Book Club.

We are taking a Christmas break this month, and we wish you all a very Happy Christmas.  Our next New Monasticisms Ireland-Sophia book club meeting will be on – Thursday 25th JANUARY 2018 at 7.30 pm.

Our next reading will be:-

Finding Your Hidden Treasure: The Way of Silent Prayer, by Benignus ORourke.


The UK edition is published by DLT.  There is an edition by Liguori Publications also.  Both publications are in 2010.  Here is some information about the book from the Veritas website:-

“The most important journey in life is the journey inwards, to the depths of our own being. It is a journey we are all invited to make. It takes us beyond words and images into silence. The silence allows the restless mind to become still and in the stillness we enter a new world. We return to our hearts. Here we find our true selves. We discover an ancient way of finding God that has almost become lost. Slowly, we realise that we are in union with the source of life and love itself. Our whole life changes. Our goal now is to take God’s love to others in our everyday lives.”  http://www.veritasbooksonline.com/finding-your-hidden-treasure.html  (01.12.2017)

Please note – 

The gate from the street to the basement is now usually locked closed. If so, please enter from the car park – NOT the church car park – enter the car park a few doors down, and there are doors to the left … ask the way if necessary when you get into the car park – if parking, do please park at the BACK and, please, NOT in the area near the doors).

If you are new to this book club, please note that we usually meet on the last Thursday evening of each month.

New Monasticisms Ireland’s email address is sophiasociety@gmail.com (Bernadette Flanagan).

The Lantern Centre’s website is www.lanterncentre.org

If you are new to this book club, please note that notice of our meeting is usually on our website:- http://www.newmonasticismsireland.com


NMI Cill Dara Book Club

Venue Solas Bhride

We try to meet every first or fourth Tuesday at Solas Bhride, Tully Road, Kildare Town.  If you are interested and would like to join us please contact:

Helen – hokeeffenmi@gmail.com

Our next reading is Faith and Freedom by Teresa Forcades OSB

Teresa Forcades, Spanish Benedictine nun, theologian, physician and political activist, is

41XU5avvoSL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_one of Europe’s leading radical thinkers. Marrying her Catholic faith with a passion for social justice, she came to prominence for her eloquent condemnation of the abuses of some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. She has gone on to found a leading Catalonian anti-capitalist independence movement and is one of the leading voices in the world today against the injustices of capitalism and the patriarchy of modern society and of her own church.

In Faith and Freedom, her first book written in English, she skilfully weaves together her personal experiences with a reflection on morality, religion and politics to give a trenchant account of how the Christian faith can be a dynamic force for radical change. Placing herself in a powerful tradition of Catholic social doctrine and Liberation Theology, she applies her perspective to the issues most precious to her: freedom and love, social justice and political engagement, public health, feminism, faith and forgiveness.

Structured around the five canonical hours that give its peculiar rhythm to the monastic day, this book is a thoughtful and bold polemic against the exploitation and injustice of the status quo. Its call for liberty, love and justice will resonate with anyone disaffected with a savage and destructive political and economic system that marginalises and murders the poor and undermines the very fabric of social life.

Our Next meeting:  Tuesday January 9th 2018 at 7pm –  Solas Bhride, Tully Road, Kildare.


Silence in the City

taizeThe Lantern Centre

in ‘Ruah’.

Tuesday mornings at 7.30 am

Friday mornings at 7.30 am

Format: 20 minutes: Music (chants from Glenstal or Taizé) 20 mins contemplative group silence. 20 minutes breakfast!

Silence in the city is led by Isoilde Dillon.

New Monasticisms Ireland is run by a voluntary Committee of Board members and meets monthly in the Acorn Centre, Warrenmount house, Blackpitts,  Dublin 8.