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Reaching Out to Right Relationships

ISBN13: 9781853903335

ISBN10: 1853903337

Publisher: Veritas Publications (Mar. 1999)

Extent: 48 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 0.6 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm

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  • This book invites us to explore the beauty within us and around us and the possibilities and potential of the transforming power of God, of friends and relations, of the poor, of society, of nature and the earth, at work in each of us if we are attentive to it. It is about relationship and the intimate interplay between our relationships with ourselves (who we are and how we relate to who we are), our relationships with people around us (how we relate to our families, colleagues at work and out of work), our relationship with society (how we relate to and perceive society, its structures and instruments, political, economic and social), our relationship with the earth (our concern for our environment), and our relationship with God (how we relate to our God, the God of our hearts, the God of our lives).

  • Sister Stan

    Sr. Stan is a well known social activist, campaigner and founder of a number of voluntary organisations including Focus Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Young Social Innovators . In 1998 she founded the Sanctuary, a meditation centre in the heart of Dublin city ( The vision of the Sanctuary is - to the world. The Sanctuary believes that everyone - the child, the teenager, the adult - can access this place of stillness within themselves and that once it is part of their consciousness, its potential for their well-being and the well-being of society is huge.

    Sister Stan Kennedy

    Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, or Sr. Stan as she is affectionately known, is a visionary and social innovator and a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity since 1958. At eighteen years of age Sr. Stan, then Treasa Kennedy, decided to become a nun. Following in the footsteps of Mary Aikenhead she too was drawn to work on behalf of the poor in the towns and cities of Ireland, from stories she had heard and read about whilst growing up in the townland of Lispole in Dingle, Co. Kerry.In the 1960’s Sr Stan was missioned to Kilkenny to work alongside Bishop Peter Birch in developing Kilkenny Social Services. For nineteen years Peter Birch was both guide and mentor to Sr. Stan as the Kilkenny social services developed into an innovative, comprehensive model of community care becoming a blue-print for the rest of Ireland. In 1974 the Irish Government appointed Sr Stan as the first chair of what is now the Combat Poverty Agency, and in 1985 the European Commission appointed her as trans-national co-ordinator in the European rural anti poverty programme working right across Europe. From the small townland of Lispole Sr Stan’s desire to create a more equal society was moving further afield. Moving to Dublin in the early 1980’s Sr Stan tackled one of Ireland’s most neglected social inequalities – homelessness. In 1985 Sr Stan established Focus Point which is now Focus Ireland, the biggest national, voluntary organisation helping people to find, create and maintain a home.In 2000 Sr Stan founded the Sanctuary, a meditation/spirituality centre in the heart of Dublin city, a place where people can find a quiet space and time for themselves to explore and develop their inner world and wisdom. In 2001 Sr Stan established Social Innovations Ireland (SII) out of which has grown two new initiatives, the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), an independent national organisation working to promote the rights of immigrants through information, advocacy and legal aid and the Young Social Innovators of the Year (YSI), a national showcase providing an opportunity for transition year students to become involved in social issues. Sr Stanislaus has received numerous awards and tributes for her outstanding work for the marginalized in society and some of those are as follows: 1981 ‘Kerry Person of the Year’
    1982 Honorary Doctorate in Law from Trinity College Dublin
    1993 University of New York Special Honour for commitment to the disadvantaged in Ireland
    1996 The Lord Mayor of Dublin’s Award
    2003 Honorary Doctorate in Law from the National University of Ireland
    2004 Meteor Awards prestigious ‘Humanitarian of the Year’
    2005 Honorary Degree of Doctor of the Open University

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