Lantern Centre Celebrates Women's Day

 

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Sr Joan Murray OLA (photo via Sisters of Faith for Peace)

The Lantern Centre in Dublin held a colourful celebration to mark the 10th Annual International Women’s Day. Fardus Sultan of Sisters of Faith for Peace gave a keynote address.

Sr Joan Murray OLA was acknowledge for her contribution to the centre over the last 10 years.

Sr Joan assists in the general running of the Lantern Centre as well as facilitating an International Women’s Support Group which meets weekly and is representative of various faith traditions. Women from 8 different cultural backgrounds attend this support group. 

The founding Vision of the Lantern Centre cherished the aspiration that the Centre would become a place of hospitality to promote Inter-cultural and Inter-faith dialogue and action. It is run solely on a voluntary basis.

The Centre hosts a number of diverse cultural groups, including Slovakian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Congolese and Brazilian groups. The centre provides these groups with opportunities to promote and enjoy their individual cultures through music, dance, choirs and drama. People from the various cultural groups are encouraged to join other groups using the Centre for drama, music, dance and personal development.

English classes, organised by Spirasi specifically for asylum seekers are very well attended and run three times per week.

The Centre also hosts worship and prayer gatherings for Faith Groups from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Kimbanguist Community Church (of African origin), French Congo Evangelical Church and the Spiritist Church ( used by the Brazilian community).

In keeping with their vision to promote Inter-faith dialogue, the centre hosts a Three Faiths Forum committee, an Inter-faith reflection group and Inter-faith meditation groups which include Buddhist, Zen, Yoga and Christian groups.

In addition to the regular groups mentioned above, special events are also organised to encourage users of the Centre to come together to share their cultures and experiences.