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Eco-Award for Kerry Diocese

08 June 2012



On Sunday May 20th Eco-Congregation Ireland presented an award to the Diocese of Kerry at St. Brendan’s College Killarney.  This was in recognition of the consistent and ‘hugely impressive’ work on environmental/ecology issues being carried out in the diocese over the years.  

Our own Presentation Sister, Regina O’ Connell, Tralee, a most active member of Kerry Diocesan Justice and Peace Committee, was instrumental in securing this award.  Through her diligence in helping to showcase the parish projects undertaken for Kerry Earth Week 2011, an invitation was issued by Eco-Congregation to apply for their Eco-Award.  Two independent assessors, Sr. Margaret Twomey and Natasha Harty, Society of Friends, visited the diocese in January to undertake an examination of the projects and as a result they highly recommended that Kerry Diocese receive the award.  In due course, word arrived in early February that Kerry was to receive the Eco-Award.  Previously individual churches around Ireland have been awarded for their work – this was the first time it was awarded to a diocese.  

Eco-Award for the Diocese of Kerry presented by Sr. Catherine Brennan, Chairperson of Eco-Congregation Ireland, on Sunday 20th May in St. Brendan's College, Killarney

Prior to Kerry Earth Week 2011 a Diocesan Gathering was held on April 6th, at which a talk entitled "The Justice Element in Parish Life" was given by Sarah Barry PhD.  Parishes were encouraged to participate during earth week and a Resource Booklet for parishes was disseminated.  This includes themes, ideas for projects, possible speakers/contacts, liturgies/prayers/scripture, useful websites, books/articles and lists of local and national organisations.

Mission Statement of Kerry Diocesan Justice Peace & Creation Committee
Inspired by values of the gospel, the committee aims to be a voice for justice, peace & the integrity of creation within the Diocese on issues arising locally, nationally and internationally, bearing in mind that “peace is the fruit of anxious daily care to see that each person lives in justice as God intends.”

The Presentation connection with Kerry Diocesan Justice and Peace Committee goes back over several years.   Sr. Ann McNamara, now in Slovakia, was one of the founding members and Sr. Finian Kearney, Tralee, gave dedicated service on the Committee for many years beside dynamic laywoman and chairperson, Sylvia Thompson who is presently on leave in South America.

Sr. Regina (holding the Eco-Award plaque) with Sr. Catherine Brennan and Natasha Harty (assessor).  Also in the picture is Sr. Maureen O'Connell, Presentation Justice Network, who attended the award ceremony.

Eco-Congregation Ireland is an interdenominational project involving members of the Roman Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church and Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland.

The vision of Eco-Congregation Ireland is to promote celebration of the gift of God’s creation, recognition of the interdependence of all creation and care for it in the life and mission of the churches and through members’ personal lifestyles.

In September (14th – 15th), their inaugural conference will be held in Dromantine, Newry, Co. Down.   The theme will be God’s Creation – Our Responsibility.                                                                  

For further information see www.congregationireland.com or click here to download a brochure for the conference.