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Hearts + Minds Exhibition




HEARTS + MINDS is a permanent exhibition installed at Mount Anville House by the Mount Anville Sacred Heart Education Trust.

The title of the exhibition echoes the motto of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Cor unum et anima una in Corde Jesu. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, and of the Society, to education in Ireland. This legacy includes the contribution of the Society to female education, to the education of the poor, and to the promotion of the Catholic faith.

HEARTS + MINDS will be a constant reminder to Mount Anville pupils and past pupils that they are part of a word-wide network of Sacred Heart schools, a global family that shares the five goals of Sacred Heart education: faith, character, intellect, community and social awareness.

The exhibition will be open for viewing on Thursdays by appointment. Shortly, a link will be created to the exhibition from the Mount Anville schools websites. In the meantime, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01 2122604 to make an appointment to view the exhibition.

Vocation Promotion Work

Vocation Promotion Work


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Many of you are aware that annually there is an event in Ireland

that attracts large crowds namely the Ploughing Championships.

Over several years now some religious congregations take display stands

at this exhibition for it attracts people from every corner of Ireland.

This year the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny and the Carmelites of Delgany

had particular stalls while several religious congregations took advantage of
the Vocations Ireland and The Irish Missionary Union

presence there to be about and distribute information

 on their particular congregation.

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I divided my time between their two places and

offered people the Novena of Confidence and Prayers for different occasions.

Throughout the three days we noticed that people came to

talk in the early morning and the evening after 4.p.m.

when there were fewer people around.

10.30 – 4.p.m. people were more self-conscious

especially if there was a person behind a table.

Once we moved away they would come to the stand and take the literature.

Carmel Flynn

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Gathering at Ancient Friary Armagh

Gathering at Ancient Friary in Armagh

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The rain was soft, it fell gently as people gathered at the Ancient Friary in Armagh at 5.30 p.m.
on Saturday 7 September to pray.

They had come from different faith traditions to be reminded of the history of the place,
the difference between
a monk and a friar and to learn
something about the rule of Saint Francis and Saint Claire.

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The call to worship was taken from the Rule of Saint Francis

‘all good belongs to the Lord who is God most high and Supreme…’ 

Ministers of the different churches present led those assembled in prayer

and the McGrath family accompanied the singing. 
Following a prayer by Dean Dunstan, Mr. Harry Carson gave a brief account of the history of the place,
of the long tradition of the monks and their current responsibility for many of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

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The McGrath family sang psalm 63 prior to a reading of the Gospel Matthew Ch. 5 1-6.
Then Sister Roisin Coulter, a Sister of Saint Clare
spoke about Saint.Clare and the connection with Saint Francis.

 Representatives of the various cathedrals led the assembly in prayers to which people responded

We honour and give you our love’.

One of the prayers was for the suffering people of Syria
and the final one was a petition 
‘to be salt and light and to work together as a community with humility and understanding,
(in Armagh) for the sake of Christ Our Lord’.  

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The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon,
from the writings of Saint.Francis
was read by the Reverend Grace Clunie.
The prayer concluded and as rain continued to fall  all sang

Make me a channel of your peace.

Then Father Peter McAnenly encouraged everyone present with these words

Let us go forward together

In the compassion of our Father,

In the forgiveness of the Son,

In the Life of the Spirit,

In the love of the three in One……

Many accepted the invitation to a Mayor’s reception in the
Armagh City Council and District Offices,The Palace.

There, while enjoying the variety of food that was provided 
old acquaintances met and renewed friendships, 
new contacts were made and all were grateful for the opportunity to come together.

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The Deputy Mayor addressing those who attended the reception in the palace.

European Vocations Promotion Group

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When 42 of us met in Epernon 1-5 August the atmosphere was both serious and joyous.      
The idea of vocation promoters coming together was first proposed by the Provincials of Europe. Coming together in a supportive ambiance was helpful and life-giving.

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The days began and ended with prayer and in between, people met in language groups, in provinces and exchanged ideas and reflections on Vocations. 

For me the emphasis was on Vocations to the Society not just within a particular province. This was encouraging.

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The photos give you an idea of this time together.


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