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Zambia’s lost leader

As the Zambian Jesuits mourn their dead president, their grief and sense of loss goes far beyond the conventional. Though Patrick Levy Mwanawasa was the third Zambian President, he was the first to die. A lawyer by profession, he kept the country united. Nobody was exempt from the law. He won praise for keeping the lid on once-rampant inflation and ...

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Kenyan orphans holiday at Manresa

The Tertianship building in Manresa was the venue this August for a holiday for fifteen orphan children from Kenya who are HIV positive. It was organised by Kenya Orphan Aid, an Irish charity set up to support the work begun by a Jesuit priest in Kenya, Fr D’Angelo D’Agostino. In 1992 he founded a home for these children in Nairobi, ...

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Zimbabwean Jesuit completes internship with JRS Ireland

Ignatius Makumborenga SJ, a Zimbabwean scholastic, completed an internship with JRS Ireland in August. He is currently studying theology at Centres Sevres in Paris. He has a long-standing interest in the plight of refugees, having completed a Masters in Forced Migration in the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 2005. Previously he worked with JRS Rwanda-Burundi during his regency (2002-2003, ...

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Ignatian Lutherans

Fr Brian O’Leary SJ has just returned from directing (together with two sister directors) a group of Lutheran pastors in an Ignatian retreat in Gothenburg, Sweden. The initiative came from an ecumenical Ignatian association named Kompass, whose guiding spirit is Sister Adelheid (82), a German Sacred Heart sister (pictured here on the right of Brian and his fellow-director Sr Helen ...

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The Pope and Lonergan

Gerry Whelan SJ, who teaches theology at the Gregorian University, has just published an article in ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ entitled: “The Continuing Significance of Bernard Lonergan”. It takes as its starting-point a photograph, from Osservatore Romano in May 2008, of Frederico Lombardi SJ, the director of the Vatican press office and the head of Vatican Radio, presenting Pope Benedict with ...

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Pilgrims ponder

Last week’s AMDG Express carried an account by Fergus O’Donoghue SJ of the Ignatian Journey which he helped to lead in Spain this August. Based on the story of St Ignatius’ life, this pilgrimage made a strong impact on the thirty-four Irish people who undertook it. One of them – Deirdre Soffe, Director of the Partnership in Mission office – ...

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First Profession

Irish Jesuit Maurice King (front right in photo) took his First Vows at a ceremony in the Noviciate in Birmingham on Monday, 8 September. There was a strong Irish presence at the event – Frs John Looby, Conall Ó Cuinn, Edmond Grace, and John Dardis, Provincial (back row in photo). The Profession ceremony had an international flavour. Eddie Cosgrave read ...

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Sporting Jesuit boys and girls

Former pupils from Jesuit schools were pioneers of carbon-neutral rugby this summer. They were on the panel of Leinster who, in association with Ecocem & Emission Zero, agreed to offset a certain tonnage of carbon emissions for every try, penalty, drop goal and conversion scored by either team. On the panel were Cian Healy, Paul O’Donohoe and Owen O’Malley from ...

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“They give with nothing to gain”

Northside People West, a suburban Dublin newspaper, featured JUST on 3rd September, around the experience of Jean and Karl, would-be third-level students in Ballymun: Jean had been 29 years out of school when she decided to follow her dream of becoming a primary school teacher. But she almost abandoned her ambition when she faced her first college exam. “It was ...

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