Our Mission- Contemplative in action!
Nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist, the Bread of Life, we are sent out in hope and trust in the Lord with a message of life to the world.
Silence and contemplative prayer are channels which allow us to strengthen our interior life and learn the true art of listening, communication and discipleship.
Our day begins with 2 hours of liturgical and biblical prayer in common. Throughout the day, we have at least 2 hrs in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, as Perpetual Adoration is the foundation stone of our religious life. In this prayer and contemplation, we become still points in the midst of a swirling world. Without leaving the convent, we can reach the whole world with our prayer, this framework of action has no limits. There, we intercede for the needs of the world, bringing prayer intentions before the altar which come to us via post, telephone, email and even Facebook and Twitter! There is a special place in our prayer for those who work in the field of social communication that they may communicate the truth and that it may bring light, not darkness to our world. In our prayer, we also pray for the sins committed because of the media and those who work with these powerful means.
From this Eucharistic mission, two other ministries flow: that of liturgical service and of priestly service. To nourish the spiritual and liturgical life of the people our main mission is to be 'living lamps' before Jesus present in the Eucharist, offering our prayer and Adoration for the intentions of the whole world. We do not teach specifically but because of our mission dedicated to the liturgy and life of the Church, this often requires that we teach specific subjects, especially in the liturgical and biblical fields through formation, catechesis, biblical-liturgical animation and publications. Alongside this, we are involved in different ministries throughout the day, ranging from sewing and embroidering vestments, painting, sculpture, architecture, music in order that prayer may be characterized by beauty and dignity. Creating the ambience for liturgical worship is part of our ministry including interior designs of churches and chapels. In this way, we use the language of art and creative beauty to make the liturgy of the Church known and loved.
Another facet of our charism is the accompaniment of the priest throughout his life. Our ministry of prayer and pastoral presence extends from the young man who is in vocational discernment to the priest who moves into retirement and even afterwards in death, we continue to pray for those priests whom nobody prays for, those who we have know and whom have ministered with such dedication.
From there, we pray for priestly and religious vocations, help them in their growth and development, assist and accompany the presbyters in the exercise of their ministry, in times of suffering and pain, in their old age and in other difficult situations. Recently, a concrete response to the ecclesial situation in Ireland was the opening of a hospitality centre (Bethany House) on our premises in Dublin for priests who want to take time out from a chaotic schedule to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, to make a retreat or to rest. Others are diocesan priests who need a strong network of prayer, community and accompaniment so as to overcome a difficult moment of their life and priestly ministry. All are welcomed.
All our meals are in common, thus we cultivate a strong community life, extending this space to priests in need, in solitude or sickness. In our communities, we strive to create a modern-day Bethany, a place of spiritual restoration so as to continue the journey. Others are with us on short or long term basis as they pass through moments of difficulty with addictions or depression. As you can imagine, this ministry is a very delicate ministry, thus, it requires us to keep a certain discretion about our life. Yet, there is such a need for this mission to walk with our priests who have lost hope or feel the heaviness of parish life.
With such a varied mission, it goes without saying that prayer must be the corner-stone of all this service. On our own we can do nothing, but with God we can do all things. In the evenings, we gather for Vespers and common prayers to thank Him for all He has given and to continue our prayer for the world. Our community prayer is open to other lay people who wish to pray the Divine Office with us, morning and evening.
In our ministry we walk with others on this same journey of living the Christian life. In the spirit of the Apostle Paul, who made himself all things to all people, we welcome the values and traditions of different nations and we commit ourselves to ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue for the proclamation of the newness of the Gospel.