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.

New Monasticisms Ireland Sophia Book Club – has cancelled the meeting on Thursday 29th June at 7.30pm and will be taking a Summer break.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 28th September 2017 at the usual time 7.30pm

We are presently reading –

Part One (“A Spirituality of Ageing”) in the Revised Edition (2017) of the following book:-

Brian Grogan SJ, To Grow In Love: A Spirituality of Ageing, Dying and Glory:

Messenger Publications, 37 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin D02 W938: 2nd Revised Edition (2017) – ISBN 978 1 910248 52 2


Part One runs to about 100 pages which is a little over half of the whole book. I understand the 2nd Revised Edition (2017) is considerably longer than the previous edition, and has a lot of important new material.

The Book Depository – https://www.bookdepository.com/Grow-in-Love-Brian-Grogan/9781910248522?ref=grid-view&qid=1498661078748&sr=1-1

‘Growing in love is not something we can do on our own; it doesn’t just happen to us as ageing does. In our later years, when our hearts and minds are mellowing, perhaps we can imitate God – the same way we imitated our parents when we were young – to grow more fully in his love. Life can be hard, and old age can be very hard indeed. In times of hardship we often ask, “where is God?” God comes to us disguised as a parent, a sibling, friend, teacher, spouse, co-worker, stranger, helper, nurse. In the love and goodness of others, we meet the selfless love and goodness of God. Equally when we show love to others, we show them God’s love. This book addresses primarily those who know ageing from the inside, but if you haven’t yet entered that strange world, knowledge of its landscape may help you relate more richly to those who have, and help in your own journey towards that “Third Age.”’

‘Brian Grogan SJ is Emeritus Professor of Spirituality at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland. Currently, he is leader of a community of mainly older Jesuits and works and writes on Ignatian Spirituality.’


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

Sophia Book Club takes this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas!

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

We are presently taking a Summer break. 

Our next reading is:

The Opal and the Pearl by Mark Patrick Hederman OSB

The Book Depository – https://www.bookdepository.com/Opal-Pearl-Mark-Patrick-Hederman/9781782183068

the-opal-and-the-pearl_mark_patrick_hederman_1_2With seven billion human beings on one planet we need a new ethics guiding us in our way of relating to one another sexually. Picking up on President Michael D. Higgins’ call for a new Irish ethics, Glenstal monk Mark Patrick Hederman in his latest book, The Opal and the Pearl examines sexuality in the lives and writings of Joyce, Iris Murdoch and Yeats and delivers a searching critique of the Catholic Church’s monosexual stance. The message of artists has been consistent: ‘we cannot be reduced to any formula. We have to accept the blood-and-guts reality of what we are. We need to be human, fully human and any ethics must provide for us as such.’ In this literary tour-de-force, Hederman critiques Catholic teaching on sex and stresses the need for an ethics of sexual behaviour outside the very specific and particular demands of heterosexual marriage. “Now that we have legislated gay marriage and accepted the fact that sexuality does happen for reasons other than procreation; now that we also recognize that some of the most heinous sexual crimes have been perpetrated within the ‘sanctity’ of marriage; it is surely time to take a more comprehensive approach to the ethics of sexual behaviour.”

Next meeting:  September 12th 2017 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 Lantern Centre, Synge St. Dublin 8.