Killaloe Diocese Justice and Peace Group

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Heritage Centre, Cloughjordan

Exploring Creation Spirituality
A Caress of God

Pope Francis tells us in his encyclical Laudato Sí: ‘The entire material universe speaks of God’s
love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of
God’ (84). Yet, he asks: ‘Nature is filled with words of love, but how can we listen to them amid
constant noise, interminable and nerve-wracking distractions, or the cult of
appearances?’ (225)

Join us in Cloughjordan Ecovillage on Saturday, September 22nd, for a day of reflection and
sharing on creation spirituality. This day of reflection coincides with the annual Féile na nÚll
in the ecovillage (to mark the European Day of Sustainable Communities). There will be lots
of activities taking place and local food producers will be running food stalls.


10:30 Arrival and welcome

10:45: ‘Christianity and Ecology: A Slow Awakening’: Fr Sean McDonagh, Ecotheologian

11:00: ‘The Human Person in an Evolving Universe: Introducing Creation Spirituality’: Niamh Brennan, author The Human in the Universe

11:45 ‘Celtic Spirituality: An Irish Route into Creation Spirituality’: Mary Meighan, founder and director of Celtic Journeys, Ireland and a resident of Cloughjordan ecovillage

12:30 to 2:00: Break for lunch at the festival stalls and option of a tour of the ecovillage

2:30: Meditative walk on the ecovillage labyrinth: Mary Meighan

3:15 Guided meditation on creation spirituality around the ecovillage biodiversity trail: Toni Ryan

Further information and bookings:
• Fr Ger Fitzgerald:
• Peadar Kirby:

• Morning in the Thomas McDonagh Heritage Centre, Main Street, Cloughjordan
• Afternoon in Cloughjordan ecovillage, on the labryinth and the biodiversity walk



Image Source: Wing-Chi Poon