Relighting the Flame at Kildare
Sister Mary Teresa Cullen lit St. Brigid's flame
in 1993 in Kildare.It was then relit symbolically in the square at Kildare by Ragny Skaisten,
a member of the Norwegian Brigidine Sisters, at the opening
of Feile Bhride in 1997.
Sister Mary is one of two Brigidine nuns who moved to Kildare and
have set up Solas Bhride
a Christian Community
Centre for Celtic Spirituality in the spirit of Brigid of Kildare. There is a festival, Feile
Bhride, held around Imbolc in Kildare each year.
the flame is housed in a room dedicated to Brigid in Sister Mary's house, but they hope some
time to be able to afford a special building. I had expected to find a nunnery with stone
floors and high ceilings and black-robed nuns talking in hushed voices... Instead I found a
modern house on a small housing estate, and out of the window of Brigid's room I could see
washing, blowing on the line. It seemed very in keeping with the spirit of St. Brigid-
in the midst of the everyday, the domestic round.
anyone is interested in spending some time in the Solas Bhride community or becoming a member
of Cairde Bhride (Friends of Brigid - a group inspired by the values of Brigid to promote
peace, justice and reconciliation and to be a beacon of hope in the community), or if you want
further information, you can write to:
Sister Mary Minehan
tel: 045 522890
14, Dara Park
Sister Mary Minehan Writes 23.10.97
a newsletter for the daughters of the
. . . [W]e are Catholic
Sisters. We are Brigidine Sisters
St. Brigid). We area restoration of the Ancient Order who
were founded in 1807 to revive
again the spirit of St. Brigid. We had a
Festival here in Kildare in 1993and at that
Festival the Light was
symbolically re-lit -- we have kept it alight here in this house
If you are in Ireland you would be welcome to
call to us at Solas
Bhri/de (the sight of Brigid). Our community is a Celtic
Centre in the Spirit of St. Brigid of Kildare. We are a group inspired
the Values of Brigid to promote PEACE, JUSTICE, AND RECONCILIATION.
We network with people
in the North of our country, and care especially
for Our Planet -- Mother EARTH. Every year
we have a Fe/ile Bri/de
Two of us live herein
the Community -- but we have an outreach
community of about 30 people-- who walk with us --
men and women. We
have had many pilgrims here from Canada. They visit us, the
and the WELL.
Every blessing...and if you are ever in
Ce/ad Mi/le Fa/ilte(a hundred thousand welcomes).
Sr. Mary Minehan
As the magic of the universe will
have it, The Daughters of the Flame also relit Brigid's flame on Imbolc of
Fire Pit at Site
St. Brighid's Cathedral
Imbolc 2006, the flame from Solas Bridhe
was used to light a perpetual flame in the Town
Centre of Kildare Town.
President Mary McAleese presided.
To read more about
the event, please visit the
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