Origins of the Brigidine Tradition
The Brigidine Story begins in 1807 when Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Ireland, invited six women to form a religious community in Tullow, Co Carlow on the first of February. He named them the Sisters of Saint Brigid, after the great 5th century Saint of Kildare. Bishop Delany’s legacy focused on: Priority for the gospel message of love; Eucharistic spirituality; The spirit of strength and kindliness and an expansive vision of education.
Today, Brigidine Sisters honour Brigid of Kildare especially at their Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages in Kildare where the 2018 Feile Bhride is currently being held. We also honour our Patroness through our prayer and reflective living and collaboration with all our Associates and colleagues in various ministries and places around the world.
Inspired by the wonderful ancient legends of Brigid of Kildare and her striking example, we strive to keep alive Brigid’s flame of faith and hospitality.
Like her, we too are impelled to have a concern for the poor and oppressed, and a deep sensitivity for and appreciation of God’s creation – the one web of life.