Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Life Springs

On the 6th January a new 'Faith formation centre' St. Clement's was opened by the Redemptoristine Nuns in St Alphonsus Monastery, Dublin.  This missionary outreach in the concrete world we live in, brings continuity with St Clements in Belfast which has recently closed.  We were happy to incorporate the oil painting of St Clement and to place out new centre under his patronage.  St. Clement's is an extension of our Ruah retreat centre and hence, the magnificent stain-glass window from their Chapel holds pride of place in the assembly room. 'Ruah' means 'Breath of God' and his window depicts this theme.

St. Clement's was blessed by the Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin who spoke of our community as being"enclosed" yet providing an open door for many who wish to share in our prayer life and receive spiritual help and guidance.  It is our hope that the Faith Centre will be a place where people can restore a balance in their lives, between contemplation and activity between faith and life.