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Watch 2 minute closing reflection from this talk – A Hand of Friendship.

Rev Dr Ruth Patterson

Ruth Patterson is a Presbyterian minister, and for the last 21 years has been Director of Restoration Ministries, a non denominational, Christian organisation committed to peace and reconciliation.

In 1976 she was the first woman to be ordained in Ireland. She was the recipient of the Alumna of the Year 2000 award (Edinburgh University / Royal Bank of Scotland). In 2001 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Presbyterian Theology Faculty of Ireland, and in 2003 was awarded an OBE for her efforts in reconciliation.

She has written four books and numerous articles stemming from her commitment to unity and peace. She produces annual scripture guidelines for Faith and Friendship, a movement in Northern Ireland inspired by Jean Vanier who is a close friend of Restoration Ministries.

Míle Buíochas – Thank You

The Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Congress would not have happened without the work of a large number of people.

We would like to thank the members of the Steering Group of the Diocesan Congress, the Interim Liturgy Commission, the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team, the Parish Representatives, the Diocesan Choir and musicians, Elation Ministries, our Keynote Speakers, Chairpersons and Workshop Presenters, the staff of Carlow Cathedral and Parish Centre, the primary and post-primary schools who participated in the Fish Project, Claire O’Farrell, Pádraig Cawley, Niall Cawley and staff of the Cathedral who are responsible for the beautiful installation in the Cathedral, the post-primary schools who attended Schools’ Day on Thursday, March 7, Carlow College, St Leo’s College, Emo National School, the Order of Malta, the Civil Defence, our huge team of Volunteers and finally, you, the participants, for helping to make this a weekend to remember.