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Provincial outlines new priorities

At a meeting for directors and board members of Jesuit Works in Manresa on 30 September, the Provincial, Fr John Dardis, summarised the day’s work in a statement of three priorities for the Province, all to be seen in the context of inter-provincial collaboration: “After talking to the Ministries Commission and the Province Consultors, I am happy to let you ...

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Gospel light on banking crisis

Fr Tony O’Riordan SJ, Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, has been speaking out on the recent banking crisis in Ireland and abroad, and on the Irish Government’s response. There has been no shortage of opinions from economic and financial experts, but few if any have focussed on the moral implications or on what light the Gospel ...

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JCFJ in Sierra Leone

Walt Kilroy, a staff member of the Centre for Faith and Justice and a PhD student at Dublin City University, has just returned from four weeks of field research in Sierra Leone. In this very poor, war-torn country he was looking at a programme to deal with former fighters, called Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), It is regarded internationally as ...

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New assistant to Socius appointed

While Fr John Dunne (pictured here) is ill, Fr Liam O’Connell will be fulfilling the functions of Socius to the Jesuit Provincial in Ireland. He will be based part-time at the Curia Office, IMI, Sandyford Road. Liam can be contacted at socius@jesuit.ie. What is a Socius? Paul Andrews SJ explains below. Click on ‘Read more’.

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Death of Jack Donovan SJ

Fr Jack Donovan (pictured here at the time of his ordination) has died in London, a largely forgotten hero. He had worked in London for forty years, and on one occasion volunteered for a parish that no other priest could handle. A parish priest had been convicted of child abuse, provoking understandable fury in the parishioners. In the spirit of ...

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Slí Eile prepare prison mass in Mountjoy

Slí Eile are looking for volunteers to help create a dynamic and uplifting liturgy for prisoners in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin. They need singers or other volunteers who can help to provide music and liturgical support for the Mass. The aim is to have the first Mass on 2 November. For more details, contact Eoghan Keogh: email him at eoghan.keogh@sli-eile.com, or phone ...

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Roman retreat

Finbarr Lynch (of Manresa House) and Gerry Whelan (of the Gregorian) were part of a team who gave a retreat to about thirty seminarians and priests of the English College in Rome, September 27-October 5. The directed Ignatian retreat, a relatively new departure for the English College, was given in a holiday house at Lake Albano outside Rome that is located ...

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Mission Officers meet in Zurich

Fathers John Guiney and Murt Curry represented the Irish Jesuit Mission Office at a three-day meeting with their 14 European peers in Zurich, from 2 to 5 October. The theme was: ““Agents for evangelisation in the frontiers”. What was new? – the realisation, central to GC 35, that the centre of the Society is no longer Europe or America but Africa ...

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Short notices

Finbarr Lynch SJ (pictured here)will direct an 8-evening course: “Making space for faith and prayer”, starting Thursday 9 October, 7.30 to 9.30, in Manresa, Dublin 3. It will continue on 23 October, 6 and 20 November, 15 and 29 January, 12 and 26 February. Todd Morrissey’s book Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China and Beyond: Irish Jesuits in Hong Kong, ...

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Snappy dishes

Fr Colm Brophy SJ has just returned to Ireland after two years study at Sheffield University for a Masters in art therapy and is staying with the Jesuit community in Galway before returning to Zambia. His niece Fiona Brophy (whose mother Monica is on the ladies’ committee in Belvedere College) has also been immersed in the arts and Africa. Her ...

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