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Joe Duffy’s Spirit Level on RTE on 7 February included a feature about Fr Joe Mallin SJ, the 94-year-old Irish Jesuit who is the son of Michael Mallin, one of the executed rebels in 1916. It showed Fr Joe walking around Kilmainham Gaol and the Garden of Remembrance as he reflected on his father’s life and faith – particularly his ...

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‘Messenger’ in pink!

For the first time in The Messenger’s 121 year history its iconic red cover has been transposed to a flush of pink  because The Messenger magazine has taken the lead in supporting Action Breast Cancer during the month of October. To mark Breast Cancer Awareness month  the magazine  will  be donating 10% from all new postal subscriptions taken out in ...

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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

Sacred Space welcomes Richard McCarthy (pictured here), a Tralee man married to a Brazilian, who has joined Piaras Jackson SJ and Patrick Muldoon as the team’s web developer, after experience of website work in finance and in business settings in Dublin. Gonzaga’s rugby footballers notched up a real achievement by reaching the Junior B league final for the first time ...

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The Novena at SFX

The Novena of Grace, March 4-12 each year, in honour of St Francis Xavier, still attracts.  Up to 1,900 people attended three daily sessions in Gardiner St church.  The numbers attending the 5.30 and 7.30 sessions were higher than before with a greater sprinkling of young people. Some were on their first novena, others on their eighty-fifth!  Mostly a north city ...

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Surviving the sledgehammer

The Irish Times, in a feature article to mark World Glaucoma Day, told the story of Martin Murphy, SJ, who lives such an active life in Gardiner Street that few people would realise what he has coped with. It is a dramatic story.  He spoke of how he first became aware of a problem in his eye when he was ...

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A saint in the making

Over five hundred people attended the annual mass of thanksgiving and prayer for the canonisation of  Fr John Sullivan SJ in Gardiner St Church on Saturday 21 February. Fr Tom Morrissey SJ gave a  fascinating account of the life of the Jesuit whom many people believe is a saint. He spoke of  Fr John Sullivan’s love of the poor, his life of prayer and fasting, and ...

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Why China?

Last week’s AMDG Express anticipated a visit to Belvedere by the Chinese Ambassador, to celebrate a student exchange programme with Jesuit schools in China. Why China? There are three major Province priorities following the 35th General Congregation: to find a language for faith in dialogue with secularism; to help young people find God in their lives; and to make the ...

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Young Scientists

What do young scientists look like? Here is a sample from this year’s exhibition in the RDS. Clongowes is proud of Henry Glass (pictured here with Taoiseach Brian Cowen), whose individual project won the runner-up overall prize for the second year running.  A young Gonzagan won the Science Foundation award, and four of his colleagues were highly commended. Thomas Breen ...

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Sartre in Bethlehem

55 years ago a Jesuit fellow-student in Munich gave Paul Andrews a remarkable typescript: Christmas writing from an unexpected source. In the autumn of 1940 the Nazis captured and deported Jean-Paul Sartre, the existentialist philosopher and playwright, to a labour camp in Germany. Before Christmas Paul Feller, a Jesuit fellow-prisoner, persuaded Jean-Paul to write a nativity play for the French ...

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