Rev Bernie Brophy | Co. LAOIS
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Based in County Laois
Ceremonies and Rituals to Celebrate the Celtic Wheel of the Year: Imbolc, Equinox, Beltane, Solstice, Lughnasadh, Samhain
Hello, my name is Berni Brophy.
I’m a 55 year old woman and I was born and raised in Vicarstown, Co. Laois where I now live with my husband of 35 years, John, and my three daughters Jil, Kate and Niamh. Being brought up on a farm I have a very deep connection to the spirit of the land and the people and to the old ways and so when I read an advertisement in a magazine that asked ‘Did you ever want to be a minister / priest?’ I felt that I could finally fulfil my dream and two years later was ordained as an Interfaith Minister.
I find it very enriching to be a part of this interfaith community. I get a lot of support and joy from not only spending time with fellow ministers but also by being involved in the creative process of ceremony and the deep spiritual connection forged during a counselling session.
In my experience ceremony emerges from a creative process which begins with the wishes, beliefs and aspirations of those wanting to hold the ceremony. My role is to facilitate and guide this process and also to offer my warmth, creativity, and experience so that a little bit of magic is created.
I am aware that many people are not certain of the style of ceremony that best represents them. For wedding I delight in working with couples (be they same sex or opposite sex ) to assist them in gaining that clarity so that together we can custom design a ceremony that will be a pleasure to witness and that will set the tone for ones special wedding day.
Baby Blessing Ceremony
The creation of life and the act of birth are two of the eternal mysteries of our existence.
Celebrating, welcoming and naming a baby is a wonderful occasion.
During my own grand-daughter’s blessing ceremony we planted a cherry blossom tree, so that it may mirror her as she blossoms and grows through life.
I myself have been married for 35 years and I have learnt that the romantic relationship between two people is the most enriching, challenging and rewarding relationship that there is. There are great opportunities for deep love and personal growth when you share your life with somebody else.
In ancient Celtic culture couples announced their marriage through a handbinding / handfasting ceremony choosing to unite their hands and hearts into one life.
Working as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit for most of my life and being close to those who are dying, death is something that I am very comfortable with.
I would feel privileged to have the opportunity to plan and create a service or ritual that honours the spirit of the deceased and that is faithful to that person’s values and beliefs while respecting the needs and the wishes of their family and friends.
Why have ceremony?
Ceremony can allows you to:
Connect and celebrate each other,
Open channels to the spiritual world within and without,
Ceremony allows us to express our joy and appreciation for being alive,
Allows us to articulate our personal beliefs,
Gives us opportunity to discard negative influences that cause stress, fatigue, and illness,
Ceremony helps us to understand the purpose of our lives.