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.

The next Sophia Book Club meeting is scheduled for Thursday 30th November 2017 at the usual time 7.30pm

Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

by Richard Rohr, (London: SPCK, 2013).


We continue to read – and are focussing on Chapters 6 – 9 (but please feel free to discuss as much, or as little, as you have read of the book).

In Falling Upward (and in many of his other teachings), Richard Rohr talks at length about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity, especially if its preoccupations continue into the second half of life. But if there’s a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey? In his new book, the author likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives and needing to be searched for, uncovered, and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process involves not resuscitation but transformation. Review Book Depository



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 September reading was

‘The Opal and the Pearl’ by Mark Patrick Hederman – A lot of discussion, debate and work!!

Our October reading was 

‘New and Selected Poems’ by Mary Oliver – We had a reflective time sharing different aspects of the poet’s work.   Gleaning new insights as we ‘luxuriated’ in the beautiful language of Oliver’s appraisal of all things in nature.

Our next reading is: 

‘The Choice’ 

by Dr. Edith Eger 


                                                                                                                                                                The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed’ DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous  

the-choice-9781501130786_hrJosef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. In The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering. Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, but exceptional in its own right, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.

Our Next meeting:  Tuesday November 28th 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.