The Cenacle Sisters of England and Ireland

Teresa Canavan

I am Teresa Canavan, married to Pat with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. I live in Ballyvolane , Cork. I have been involved with the Cenacle for 22 years. I meet with my Cenacle friends each Wednesday evening to pray, share our “ups and downs” and offer support to each other. We try to work at living out our “call” within our families and also to reach out to the wider community.

When did you first become aware that you had a call to deepen your spiritual life?

My call I can trace back to 1988 when the Cenacle Sisters led a retreat in my local   parish.

Why did you choose the Cenacle Companions?

In 1996 when the Companions were spoken about I knew I wanted to be part of it.

What is the best thing about being a Cenacle Companion?

Prayer and sharing of my Spiritual journey with others is a very special gift.

What do you find most difficult?

Letting go, becoming empty, it’s hard but possible!

What is most rewarding?

Growth is painful, but permanently rewarding.

What is most challenging?

My own personal effort to lead a day-by-day Christian life.

What supports you as a Cenacle Companion?

Weekly meetings in a place of belonging and the supportive friendship with others.

Any tips on how to pray?

We can never pray in the wrong way as long as we pray in our own way.

Giving advice is always a bit risky, however what is the best bit you have been given?

Say something nice about yourself without adding “But”!

Name three people, alive or from history, that you would invite for a meal?

Enid Blyton, Liam Clancy and Rachel Allen 

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