Autumn Studies on Pope Francis
Studies was one of the Jesuit journals on behalf of which Pope Francis granted an interview to Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, editor of Civilta Cattolica. In the Autumn 2013 issue, just out, it publishes the full text of the interview and a thoughtful reflection on it by Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O'Hanlon.
Nobel Laureate visits Belvedere
Belvedere’s developing link with Dublin City University received a significant boost with the visit to the college of Nobel Laureate in Physics, Professor Serge Haroche. Professor Haroche has received many prizes and awards, culminating in the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics, jointly with David Wineland.
Tullamore salutes its prophet
Tullamore’s Town Hall saw the Civic Welcome and citation to honour Fr Michael J Kelly SJ for his “International Contribution to Education and Health in the Developing World.” The Mayor gave a synopsis of Fr Michael’s early life in the town and then of his life in the Society.
Peter Faber to be canonised
Next month, the Pope will decree the “equivalent canonisation” of Peter Faber, the first companion of St. Ignatius. The process for his cause is complete, and all that remains is for Pope Francis to issue the Bull that will proclaim the first companion of St. Ignatius a saint.
Help after Haiyan
Using such channels as the Xavier Network, the Irish Jesuit Province has sent aid to address the devastation following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. And an Irishman, Peter Walpole SJ, has been addressing environmental issues which make the country more vulnerable.
The gala concert in Gardiner Street, the finale of the 125th birthday celebrations of the Sacred Heart Messenger, was a triumph. The church was packed long before the 3pm starting time. Every corner and cranny of the splendid building was filled. Organisers expected something over 650, not the 900 who packed in.