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Dr. John Feehan Speaks In The West

3 November 2017


Pages From God's Diary

                                                  Our Centrepiece

Every county in the Province was represented.  Four score and more they came to Guillane's Hotel Ballinasloe on a wet and windy Saturday morning in mid-September; the 16th to be precise.  The cause célèbre was Dr. John Feehan, Geologist, Botanist and Environmentalist.

                                   Srs. Nora Burke & Loreto Hogge

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                              Srs. Attracta Tighe & Bridie McGowan

Organised by the Sisters of Mercy, Western Province, the event wasn't just confined to the 'Mercies' as there was a welcome scattering of Franciscans from down the road as well as like-minded lay colleagues, bringing balance and diversity to the gathering.  Indeed the mid-morning and lunch breaks allowed time to experience this broad-based group identity and solidarity.

                                        Two of our Franciscan friends

                    Thomas & Thomasina Padden with Olive Flanagan

All were amply rewarded for bracing the elements as Dr. Feehan, took down, dusted off and opened up archived pages from God's diary as he mingled his vast scientific knowledge with the strong call of Laudato Si'.  God's challenge to Job, (Job 38:4) 'Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?' came to mind.  Where indeed?
                                          Sr. Úna Purcell  with friends

Attendance at events like this honours the commitment that we made during our participation in the Mercy International Process (MIRP).  The vision statements and recommended actions in the MIRP Report called for transformation through a new theology, new images of God, a new lanuguage and new conversations.  In Laudato Si' Pope Francis called us personally and communally to an 'ecological conversion'.  (LS 216-221)

Text:                      Attracta Tighe rsm

                               Úna Purcell rsm

                             Helen Diviney rsm

Images & Video: Suzanne Ryder rsm


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