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Our first centenarian, An t-Athair Ó Fionnagáin

Wednesday 18 February sees a unique birthday. For the first time an Irish Jesuit has turned a hundred. In the face of Fr Proinsias Ó Fionnagáin you see a man prone to gratitude, with a wardrobe full of memories: of a Spartan early life in Monaghan during World War I; of noviciate in Tullabeg – Frank is the last survivor of ...

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Travelling the Pilgrim Road

On 3 February in Manresa, the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality,  a group of 21 people led by Brendan Comerford SJ, and accompanied by Paddy Carberry SJ, Avril O’Regan RLR and Eileen O’Brien began a  journey with other ‘fellow pilgrims’ along The Pilgrim Road – a programme of eight evenings offering participants the experience of journeying along the path of the ...

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Short notices

The ‘Movies that Matter’ series in Manresa will continue this week (Wednesday 11 February at 7.30pm) with The Road Home, a Chinese film centred on the return of a city businessman to his rural home for the burial of his father. All are welcome. The Annual Belvedere Union Retreat will be held this year at Manresa House on March 6th ...

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60 years after the Milltown Fire

At 5.40 a.m. on Friday, 11 February, 1949, a fire was discovered in a pantry of the Milltown Park building where the community lived. The fire brigade was summoned, and shouts went up to arouse those sleeping nearby. The fire was of the “flash-over” type: propagated by the secret spread of smoulder inside floors, stairs, partitions and lofts until a ...

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Tom Casey SJ lights a candle

At this time of crisis in Catholic-Jewish relations, precipitated by the Holocaust-denier Bishop Williamson, there was a tiny glimmer of light last Tuesday, February 3, in Jerusalem. Senior Catholic and Jewish representatives, including the Papal Nuncio to Israel Archbishop Antonio Franco, Rabbi David Rosen, chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations, (and former Chief Rabbi of Ireland), as ...

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At the Frontiers – Young People Find God

Milltown Park will host an interesting forum at 7.30 on Friday, 13 February. Aisling O’Rourke (student of Law), Ray Dillon (Youth 2000), Padraig Swan and Noelle Fitzpatrick (Slí Eile) will engage the audience on the theme: “At the Frontiers – Young People Find God.” The Provincials of Ireland, Britain, Netherlands and South Belgium hope to attend what promises to be ...

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Forgiving those who trespass against us

“In 2008 Josef Fritzl was arrested in Austria for imprisoning his daughter for 24 years, raping her continuously during that period, fathering seven children by her, and keeping them imprisoned. Should we forgive Fritzl? Should his daughter forgive him?” So begins Brian Lennon SJ in his new book So you can’t forgive…?: Moving towards freedom, just published by The Columba ...

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Working with the Reds

Conall Ó Cuinn SJ is working on the Galway Cathedral Novena at the moment. The theme of the Novena this year is ‘A Life Worth Living: Finding the Key to Happiness’, and the Redemptorist director, Fr Michael Cusack, says he hopes these days will give people the chance “to examine the reality of their lives and find a positive context for ...

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JESUITICA

In the course of their 450 years, the Jesuits have done or experienced some curious or memorable things. Here AMDG Express is drawing from its stock of memories, and will welcome contributions from our readers. Matteo Ricci SJ, the first Jesuit to be invited to the court of the Chinese Emperor, found a kindred spirit in K’ung-fu-tzu, the great Chinese ...

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