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Keeping the conversation going

Irish priests have suffered indiscriminate opprobrium for quite some time. They’re no longer on their own. “The doghouse no longer feels lonely,” says Fergus O’Donoghue SJ in the editorial of the Spring 2009 issue of Studies; “in fact, it is becoming rather crowded”. The clergy have been joined, he remarks, “by bankers, builders, property developers and government leaders”. In the ...

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Sex, Grace and Trinity

Edmond Grace SJ took part in what has been called a ‘Catholic sex’ debate in the Trinity College Philosophical Society. Among the speakers was Senator David Norris, and the session was chaired by Dervla Browne S.C. (both pictured here with Edmond). Both Dervla Browne and Edmond are former law lecturers at the National College of Ireland. The motion – ‘that ...

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The Crescent at 150

Crescent College Comprehensive S.J.  first opened its doors on 10th March, 1859, one hundred and fifty yeras ago. Early Jesuit schools existed in Limerick between 1565 and 1773. David Woulfe S.J., a native of Limerick, who came as the Pope’s envoy to Ireland in 1561, set up the first such school. His cousin, a Jesuit scholastic, Edmund Daniel (alias O’Donnell) ...

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So you can’t forgive…?

Maureen Gaffney showed warm appreciation of Brian Lennon’s new book, So you can’t forgive…? as she launched it in Gardiner Street. She spoke first of the psychological blessings of forgiveness, how it enhances health and adds years to one’s life; then of the sociological dimension; and finally of the spiritual: how the capacity to forgive is a mystery, a grace, something ...

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The MAGiS experience

Last weekend fifteen young people gathered at the offices of Slí Eile on Gardiner St., flung a sleeping bag in the corner, grabbed a bite to eat, and headed out on a night-time soup run with a number of ‘guides’ well used to this work. Thus went the beginning of a weekend exposure to MAGiS, a programme developed by the ...

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Todd talks

Book-launches lead to book talks. Todd Morrissey followed his launch in Milltown with a talk on “the Jesuits in China” to the Irish/Chinese Cultural Society at the United Arts Club. About 35 were present. It went well and there were many questions. On the 2 March he spoke to the Milltown Parish Society on “William Martin Murphy Re-Visited”.  His new ...

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Winning rugby for a cause

Old Clongowninan Justin Meagher was the winning captain of the Blackhall Baa Baa’s Rugby team that won the “Stuart Mangan Trophy”. The competition was organised by Keith Mangan to raise money for his brother Stuart, who after a serious rugby injury requires round-the-clock care. Afterwards Justin reflected on the satisfaction of doing something to help, something developed in Clongowes by ...

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Father Scully House comes down

In 1968 the galloping cancer which killed 46-year-old Tom Scully SJ must have been nourished by the tension in which he lived: between the demands of full-time science teaching in Belvedere, demands that were sharpened by an exigent headmaster, and the needs of the poor which Tom saw outside his door. When he died, the flats which he had funded and ...

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JESUITICA: A costly Jesuit clock

Parts of a water clock fountain designed by Jesuit missionaries have been sold in Paris for €28,000,000 and are triggering a row between Christie’s auction house and China. The two bronze fountain-heads were part of a dozen heads from the Chinese Zodiac, and they marked the time by spouting water. They were looted from the Beijing Summer Palace by British/French ...

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Short notices

Rugby updates: Coláiste Iognáid (pictured here) beat Marist College, Athlone, 23-11 in the semi-final of the Conanught Cup. Clongowes JCT, tipped as favourites, lost to St Michael’s 14-15.  Belvedere SCT lost to Blackrock 12-16. On 4 March Pat Coyle, Manager of the Jesuit Communication Centre, will be speaking on ‘Addiction in the family’ as part of a week of Lenten ...

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