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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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Where is Richard O’Dwyer?

AMDG Express last located Richard O’Dwyer in Ethiopia. He moved from there to Nairobi in Kenya, where he spent a good Christmas with a Jesuit community. Since then he has seen the ravages of the Lord’s Resistance Army (pictured here), the guerilla militia which is in rebellion against the Ugandan government and seeks to install a theocratic state – somehow ...

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Sleep-out reaches a million

Fr Peter McVerry SJ unveiled a plaque in Belvedere College to acknowledge that the “Sleep Out” run by the students of the College had raised over €1,000,000 for the upkeep of homeless people through the work of Fr Peter and Belvedere Social Services (BSS). The BSS was set up sixteen years ago, and since then it has done trojan work ...

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Losing a linchpin

In any office there are usually one or two people who seem irreplaceable. In the Jesuit Communication Centre our web developer, John McDermott, fits that description, and alas, we have to replace him. He has accepted a job closer to his Midlands home, with Bord na Mona. They had tried for years to manage by outsourcing their online projects, but ...

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Has the church come as far as Kandinsky?

‘The Second Vatican Council and Impressionism’ was the intriguing subject of a guest lecture in the Milltown Institute by Brendan Staunton SJ on Monday 16 February. Those who heard his lecture said that it was like a master-class in how to capture an audience – and the Milltown hall was full. Brendan spoke in a leisurely, pleasant way, with no ...

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In search of excellence

This month’s Ignatian Identity Group (IIG) meeting in Coláiste Iognáid tackled one of the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, In Pursuit of Excellence. Chaired by Conall Ó Cuinn SJ, it featured presentations on the topic by a parent, Catriona Clear, a teacher, Steve Parkinson, and by two students, Eveanne Allen and Darragh O’Brien. Much of the discussion attempted to capture the unique ...

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At the frontiers – young people find God

Where do young people find God? In freedom and friendship, providence and prayer – not much mention of church, schooling or social justice. That was the message given convincingly to a gathering of some seventy people, including the Jesuit Provincials of Ireland, Britain, Netherlands and North Belgium. They were attending a forum in Milltown Park on the second of Fr ...

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Volunteer teachers required

Jesuit Volunteers International (JVI) Ireland are looking for two volunteer teachers to work at a new Jesuit venture, St. Ignatius Primary school, in Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania. The positions are for a year, starting on July 1st, 2009. According to the head teacher, Sister Pastorina Kimolo,  a volunteer with Music would be a plus! For further details go ...

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Retreat for parents

Slí Eile’s Debbie Moore and Colleen Brown from Boston College ran a retreat for parents, on the theme ‘Appreciation Parenthood’. While Audrey Hogan and Connie Dunne looked after the children, parents reflected on the many roles they take on. Frank Brady SJ closed the day with Mass. Parents and children voted the day a success by seeking a weekend away ...

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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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