Editorial by Rosemary Copeland, Trustee Co-Chair
We extend a very warm welcome to each one of you for 2017 – a year for which we have Courage as our designated value.
There are always many stories, and a great deal of excited anticipation and hope when a new year dawns for us all. Having celebrated the joys of Christmas with some of my family members with whom I haven’t had much time in the last number of years, I also reflected on those who endure separation on a more permanent basis. They have a special brand of courage…. And hope!
Pope Francis, in an address to 50,000 pilgrims and tourists said, “the new year will be good in the measure in which each of us, with the help of God, tries to do good day by day; that’s how peace is created.” That’s very good advice isn’t it? Yet, we also have so much going on in our contemporary world that unsettles us. There is so much disturbance in our world, and as I write the Royal Commission has completed its final hearing, bringing into the light much sorrow, as the extent of the betrayal is laid out before us. We can feel powerless, frustrated and anxious. Indeed, The Tablet has called this time the Age of Anxiety.
We can choose to be a ‘victim’ of such anxiety or we can choose to be people of hope and courage!
Our Ministries are sacred spaces of hope, courage and peace. In the messiness of daily life, they are giving life to Jesus’ mission; they are places of hope, staffed by people of courage and hope. Courage and determination are the hallmarks of their daily work – be that in a College or in our community Ministries.
Parents and guardians also work with courage as they try to do their best daily for their children. Courage is on display daily – it’s not hard to see. Let’s all acknowledge that courage as we interact with each other, with our education staff and with the staff and volunteers in our community works. Your smile will give birth to another’s smile, and a moment of affirmation will lead to growing respect and understanding.
Listening to each other also helps to keep the glass half full! We learn. We understand. It’s always a marvel that in our schools we have over 8000 students, who, in the main, live in peace with each other, who listen to each other, and who in co-operation with their teachers and leaders, learn to be agents of social justice. While many students may not say the Jesus word too often, they are His hands, heart and feet. They are His courage today.
Kildare Ministries proudly acknowledges the work of each of the Boards and Stewardship Councils who care for the Colleges and Community Ministries. Board members and Councillors are generous, engaged, and hope-filled for their Ministry. Thank You – you are contributing to the unfolding narrative of Kildare Ministries. You are forging for Kildare Ministries the hallmarks by which its members will be identified in the future.
At the end, we can all ask ourselves: “Is this Ministry a better place for my presence in and contribution to it? Does this Ministry light up Jesus’ mission because of what I believed in and stood for?”
Faith. Courage. Together ………..
With every best wish, and blessings for the year ahead.
Ms Rosemary Copeland
Kildare Ministries Trustee Co-Chair