My name is Katherine Dullaghan. I am a Cenacle Companion for 12 years and live in Cork, Ireland. I work with adults with a physical disability and am employed by Cheshire Ireland, founded by Leonard Cheshire. I have no immediate family in Cork as I was born in Dundalk, on the north east coast of Ireland. My Mother and brother live there and three sisters in Dublin, England and U.S.
When did you first become aware that you had a call to deepen your spiritual life?
I was working in youth ministry directly after college and approached the Cenacle for spiritual direction. I was 22 years at the time. My Spiritual Director invited me to join the Companions after a number of years.
Why did you choose the Cenacle Companions?
I was attracted by the welcome of the Cenacle Community in Cork and their spirituality which helped me to see God in all things. I also wanted to share my faith within a small community.
What is the best thing about being a Cenacle Companion?
The monthly prayer and faith sharing within the group.
What do you find most difficult?
I find the support of the Cenacle Companions essential in my life. I would wish men and women within my peer group could find and be open to the same support.
What is most rewarding?
It has been a privilege to attend provincial meetings with the Cenacle sisters and to attend International gatherings in Rome (2010), La Louvesc (2005) where I met Companions from all parts of the world. One realises the attraction of the Cenacle charism for people of genders, all ages and cultures.
What is most challenging?
Making time for daily personal prayer as part of my commitment as a Companion.
What supports you as a Cenacle Companion?
The other members of the Cork group, the Cenacle sisters in Cork and indeed of the province
Any tips on how to pray?
Set aside a length of time and make a prayer space. Stick to that time and place. Make prayer an essential part of daily life.
Giving advice is always a bit risky, however what is the best bit you have been given?
Value your own life and faith journey.
Name three people, alive or from history, that you would invite for a meal
Jesus, Martha from the Gospels and James Connolly, Irishman who worked tirelessly for the working classes in early 20th century Ireland