PNG Sister visits Nano’s Birthplace and Grave
I went to Ballygriffin on 2 April. I had an awesome and beautiful experience. The heritage of Nano Nagle is celebrated at the Centre by friends of Nano from home and abroad. Locals and visitors alike share in seminars, retreats and celebrations in her honour.
Marilyn took me to some significant places which are part of the Presentation Story. We went to Annakissa Church where Nano’s Grandparents lived and worshipped. We also went to Monanimy Castle where Nano’s uncle and family lived. We went to the Mass Rock. In the penal days, Mass was offered there. We went to Killavullen Church to see the font where Nano was baptised. She was not baptised in Killavullen Church, but, maybe in another Church.
The Nano Nagle Centre overlooks the beautiful Blackwater River. I did the Farm and Garden Walk with Marilyn. The walk around their organic farm and gardens are to see the Nature’s beauty, friendly hens, ducks, donkeys and cattle and a stroll through the gardens are guaranteed to open hearts and minds. The Cosmic Walk is a 2km walk through fields, woodlands and by the river bank, telling the story of the evolution of the universe from its flaring forth 13.7 billion years ago to the present day.
The Heritage Room tells the story of the life and times of Nano Nagle. I was glad that I met Srs Anna (Zimbabwe), Silvia, Shobha and Marie Anne (India ). They are starting a new Mission in Palestine. We had a great time together. Please keep them in your prayers.
In Cork, I had a Spirit-filled time with Nano. Some significant places I visited were: Nano’s grave, Nano Nagle Bridge, Cross Street, the place where Nano collapsed, Brown’s Hill, the place where Nano begged, and the Cottage on Cove Lane: Home of Nano Nagle, Mary Fouhy, Elizabeth Burke and Angela Collins. It was a historical place. I spent most of my time at Nano’s grave praying for you all.
I am carrying with me special memories of the foundation of our Congregation especially the sense of Nano Nagle during my time in Cork and Ballygriffin. I am very privileged. Thank you very much indeed for the opportunity granted to me.
Regina Gevia pbvm