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A different type of leader

The first module of the Arrupe Leadership Programme took place in the Manresa Jesuit Centre for Spirituality, Clontarf on 24 -25 September. Thirteen participants from all walks of life meet to explore, over the next six months, a different type of leadership formation, based on the insights and tradition of St Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. Course organisers Paddy Carberry SJ and Mike Drennan ...

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Ignatian Lutherans

Johannesgarden is a retreat centre outside Gothenburg. It was originally run by Sacred Heart Sisters from Germany but is now in the care of the Swedish Catholic diocesan authorities. Each year members of Kompass – an ecumenical ignatian association in Sweden – gather there for an eight-day directed retreat. Almost all are Lutheran priests who live Ignatian spirituality and incorporate ...

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Short Notices

AMDG Express has had no picture of Bill Johnston since his stroke last summer. Today an email from John Dardis and John Guiney in Tokyo reports that: ” We had an excellent visit with Bill Johnston who was in good form (see photo).” The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has just launched its new website which can be accessed ...

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Short notices

Rugby updates: Coláiste Iognáid (pictured here) beat Marist College, Athlone, 23-11 in the semi-final of the Conanught Cup. Clongowes JCT, tipped as favourites, lost to St Michael’s 14-15.  Belvedere SCT lost to Blackrock 12-16. On 4 March Pat Coyle, Manager of the Jesuit Communication Centre, will be speaking on ‘Addiction in the family’ as part of a week of Lenten ...

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Short Notices

Connaught Hockey Final: Coláiste Iognáid convincingly won the Connaught Hockey final on 10 February in Dangean Park, Galway. They beat Our Lady’s Bower Secondary School, Athlone. With a final score of 5-0, the Jes were always on top of the game and dominated all areas, the game being largely played in the Bower half with them under continuous pressure. Change ...

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Short notices

An Inter-Institutional Centre for Spirituality and Social Transformation has been launched in Waterford Institute of Technology, through the participation (pictured here) of Michael O’Sullivan SJ (Milltown Institute), Sister Bernadette Flanagan (All Hallows) and Michael Howlett (Waterford IT). The current Irish Catholic reports how ChurchServices.tv, part of CatholicIreland.net, is broadcasting Masses live to a growing audience, including some beleaguered Christians in ...

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RTE features Ballymun Gospel Mass

RTE’s Mass on Sunday for April 6 was broadcast live from the Virgin Mary Church , Ballymun, Dublin. Frank Brady SJ was the celebrant, and Slí Eile’s Ballymun Gospel Choir provided the music under the direction of Cathy Burke. The mass was a showcase for the regeneration in Ballymun with many local community groups participating directly in the mass or ...

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A new director for Slí Eile

Slí Eile has announced the appointment of a new director. Pádraig Swan, a member of the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir for the last two years, will take up leadership of the Jesuit organisation that provides a wide range of faith and justice activities for young adults aged 18-35 in June. A native of Carlow, Pádraig first came into contact with ...

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GC35 looks at youth ministry

For what seems to be the first time in the history of Jesuit General Congregations, apostolic activities for youth was the subject of discussion at the plenary sessions on 1-2 February. According to a report from the Press Office in Rome, the Congregation had been asked to focus on “the importance of youth in our faith and justice mission, to ...

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Singing in the rain

Jesuit Volunteers Philippines have agreed to accept two Irish applicants, at the request of JVI Ireland, to join their 29th batch of volunteers. Each year about 20 volunteers take part in the 11 month programme. As well as work assignments, the group will spend time training and reflecting together. Past volunteers speak highly of the experience.  Contact: JVI Ireland, Liam ...

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