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Learning from refugees

Six Transition Year students from Gonzaga visited the JRS Ireland office on 28 May, as part of a two-day visitation programme to Jesuit works. Elizabeth O’Rourke provided an overview of JRS Ireland’s activities in the cause of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Eight asylum seekers (from Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Cameroon) met the boys to talk about their homeland, their ...

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Issues in Alicante

Michael Gallagher SJ, the Ecclesiastical Assistant (EA) for the Irish Christian Life Community (CLC), has just returned from a European Assembly – some 70 delegates from 17 countries – in Alicante, Spain. The Jesuit EAs arrived a day early, to clarify the central issue of Commitment: what does CLC commitment (less clear-cut, more nuanced than Religious vows) mean for a ...

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Overlooked in Irish History

The Summer number of Studies has appeared, on the theme: Overlooked in Irish History. The basket of the overlooked holds two women (Nagle and Hayden), four men (Redmond, Sheehan, McCullough and Hobson), and two groups (Southern Unionists and Protestant identities). Because these were people of principle and some nobility, their vision has weathered the years surprisingly well. Earlier editors of ...

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Shower of red roses

Writing from Rome, Tom Casey SJ describes a fascinating and moving annual tradition which marks the end of the Pentecost Mass in Saint Mary of the Martyrs, more famously known as the Pantheon. “Roman fire fighters positioned themselves high up around the 30-foot wide oculus or hole in the dome of the Pantheon, and at noon began throwing thousands upon ...

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Belvedere athletes crowned

On 23 May Belvedere athletes were crowned All Ireland champions for boys’ schools when they won the College of Science Cup for a record 11th consecutive time. Belvedere amassed more points in the track & field events than any other boys’ school in Ireland.  Belvedere college athletics captain is pictured here with the College of Science Cup. Fr Jim Cullitan S.J  said much ...

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Pentecost in the Sudan

In his latest missive from the Sudan, Richard O’Dwyer SJ describes his efforts to engage the services of a US group which is committed to low-capital technology in farming. He was looking for training courses for oxen drivers! Also, once again he takes to the rough terrain outside Lobone, in a bid to reach a remote mountain community in Lomarati to ...

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JESUITICA: Jumping Jesuits

Travellers in the Beara Peninsula will remember the Priest’s Leap, a mountain cliff in the townland of Cummeenshrule, where (around 1600 AD) a priest on horseback escaped from pursuing soldiers by a miraculous leap, which landed him on a rock near Bantry. Was the lepper a Jesuit? One tradition claims him as James Archer SJ; another as Blessed (Brother) Dominic ...

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Short notices

Sixth year Jes student, Eoin Griffin, presents his Irish Rugby jersey to school principal, Bernie O’Connell, accompanied by senior rugby coach, Paul Kilraine, on Tuesday 26th May 2009. Eoin was selected for the Irish team and has won a Connaught under-19 award. Following from his increasingly popular blog, and the quiet media work of Pat Coyle, Fergus O’Donoghue has been invited ...

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Pilgrimage in the West

Slí Eile, the Jesuit initiative which accompanies and empowers young adults in their search to find ‘God in all things’, organised a highly successful pilgrimage at Easter to Ballintubber and Croagh Patrick (pictured here). This was one of many activities which Slí Eile has run in an effort to engage young people around the core values of Ignatian spirituality, community ...

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Forthcoming events

The Annual Belvedere Block-Pull will take place from Thursday 11 June to Sunday 21 June. Over this period, students will spend three days in the Dublin area, then walk to Galway, raising funds for Irish Guide Dogs for The Blind and for The Temple Street Children’s Hospital. All support is hugely appreciated as they look to break their record on ...

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