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texting_01This year’s Coláiste Iognáid (Jes) Lenten campaign, designed by Cathal Doherty SJ and Brendan McManus SJ, included daily mass, confession and a weekly meditation group. What has proved popular in previous years is the ‘Gospel text’ option where you get a line from the Gospel (e.g. “4give others as U r 4givn”) texted daily to your phone. This year, however, what really worked for students was communicating with them through Facebook, where they received longer daily Lenten reflections. “A lot of the students are on Facebook anyway” said Brendan, “so we thought we’d try to speak to their world as opposed to having them fit into ours!”