'A Beacon of Hope' - Failte Balbriggan Centre Opens...

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

People from Africa, Asia and Europe came together last Tuesday to celebrate the launch of Failte Balbriggan, a new integration centre in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. The centre was officially opened by Minister for State Trevor Sargent TD and blessed by Archbishop John Neill.

In his speech, Mr Sargent said, “I am sure this centre will prove to be a very useful and practical resource for migrants living in the North County Dublin area.

“One of the largest barriers people face is access to information. This centre represents a bright beacon of hope and information for people setting up life here in Ireland. I hope many people will stop off here and be able to make plans for a fruitful journey ahead of them.”

Before saying a prayer of blessing for the centre and all who work and visit it, Archbishop Neill commented, “Today very important and significant – it is very exciting to see a project like this established. It’s a sign of cooperation between people living in the local community and Christians of different traditions bound together in their work for the spread of Gods Kingdom.”

Failte Balbriggan has been set up to assist the integration of new communities into Irish society in North County Dublin. In doing so, it helps provide a range of social services primarily to refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable immigrants in the North County Dublin area. It is a collaborative project between CMS Ireland, the Vincentian Refugee Centre, and Health Service Executive.

If you weren’t able to be attend the opening you can still join with us in praying for the centre:

Almighty God you have made in your own image those of every nation and culture who dwell on this earth. You sent your son to preach peace to those who are far off and those who are near at hand. Help us to proclaim in word and dead, in caring and in welcome the good news of your love; that this place may be a sign of your eternal purposes and bountiful hospitality. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Comments

Joan Mc Manus said Wed, 07 Jan 2009 10:51PM
It was my privilege and joy to be present for the official opening and blessing of Failte Balbriggan on 16th Dec.I experienced the spirit and action of 'Cead Míle Fáilte' in the staff, volunteers and guests. I congratulate all involved in visioning and implementing the vision to make 'Fáilte Balbriggan' a reality. My wish and prayer is for the same energy to continue in the day-to-day running of the project. One woman I know, who came from SOmalioa and now has residence in the Braemore area of Balbriggan, wants to improve her English and to get companionship for her 3-year old child.(She has a second baby of 5 or 6 months) I wonder would a Mothers-and-Toddlers group be a possiblity if some volunteers and/or staff work on an idea like that and let it evolve. I will visit again when thte weather improves.