In this time of Covid 19 crisis, we are thinking of the residents and the wonderful staff working in Bloomfield Health Services. Founded in 1812 by The Religious Society of Friends, Bloomfield today consists of New Lodge Nursing Home with 36 beds and a Mental Health facility of 114 beds with a staff complement of over 200, from all around the world.
Bloomfield will need an Emergency Fund to help them all through lockdown, isolation and infection. Their immediate need is for iPads/tablets to help residents connect with and talk to their families remotely but they will have to face and cope with other unexpected consequences for both residents and staff. We ask Friends all over Ireland to Back Our Bloomfield Heroes.
We appreciate that many of you are already coping with job losses and other personal and financial difficulties so our appeal is to those who can help to please donate to our own Quaker charity.
On Monday 6th April, Rathfarnham Friend, Ciara Harrison, presented a 5 minute spiritual message on behalf of Quakers in Ireland on RTE News Now. This message can be viewed on the RTE Player for the next 30 days on this link. You can also read the words by downloading this Word document.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) has produced a poetry book, Pilgrim Verses, with all profits from sales going to the work of AVP.
Pilgrim Verses contains a collection of beautiful and simple poems about travels, religion, family and life by Padraic Murray, who is one of the AVP directors and who attends Monkstown Meeting.
The poems are accompanied by calligraphies by Vincent Daniau.
Padraic says, “I have had the pleasure of walking parts of the Camino de Santiago on four separate occasions between 2006 and 2013. It was a vivid reminder, if needed, that life indeed is a pilgrimage.
“For reasons of health and climate concern, I am now discovering the pilgrim paths of my native Ireland. The pilgrimages marked my journey from spiritual certainty to questioning. Many of these concerns are reflected in the verses, which for the most part were composed ‘on the spot’ with the help of a series of now defunct iPhones. The verses of varying quality were herded into a single document and with the help of family and friends we narrowed them down.”