St. Brigid of Kildare

Bicentenary of the Brigidine Congregation

2007 marked the Bicentenary of the Brigidine Congregation. Solas Bhride was honoured to host an international pilgrimage to Kildare for sisters, co-workers, family and friends to mark the occasion. They were offered the hospitality associated with St. Brigid by the people of Kildare. 2007 was also a landmark year for Solas Bhride. The re-lighting of the Brigid flame in 1993 caught the imagination of people all over the world. The growing numbers of pilgrims and visitors to Dara Park created an urgent need for a larger centre. When we observed the impact the story of St. Brigid had on pilgrims and its capacity to engage them to work for social and ecological justice, we began to explore a suitable a site. We succeeded in securing our dream site for a new Solas Bhride Centre in our bicentenary year.