Silent Presence – Integritas Garden of Presence

by | Sep 14, 2013 | Art, Art Archive, Prayer, ZZ_All


Integritas is the name of a domestic centre of Christian spirituality situated at Ennisnag, Stoneyford, County Kilkenny, Ireland. A married couple, Linda Rainsberry and Patrick Treacy, live here with their four children. This centre has emerged from the belief that a new appreciation of the beauty, truth and goodness of Christian spirituality is the greatest need of our time.

Garden of Presence

During the years 2007 to 2009, the members of the L’Arche, Camphill and Kingsriver communities worked together at the Kingsriver community workshop at Ennisnag, Stoneyford, County Kilkenny to make wooden sculptures which are placed in a contemplative garden at this centre. Each piece has the word ‘presence’ in its name as they serve to remind us of, and remember the presence of God in which we live and dwell and have our being. This garden is open throughout the year for anyone to visit.

There are six sculptures in this garden, being :

  • Vulnerable Presence (which expresses the spirituality of the L’Arche community);
  • Flowing Presence (which expresses the vision of the Kingsriver community);
  • Enfolding Presence (which expresses the vision of the Camphill community);

The other three pieces are :

  • Engaged Presence
  • Silent Presence
  • Absent Presence

Each of these three pieces express different aspect of the Christian spirituality of Integritas. Integritas (l. integrity) is the name used by this centre to signify the basic claim of Christian faith that all is made whole or integrated through Jesus Christ.