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Celtic Tiger and Christian values

“We spent money we didn’t have on things we didn’t need” was Peter McVerry’s summary of the Celtic Tiger in his keynote address to the bi-annual Irish Religious Education Conference on Sat Oct 3. Describing two defects of those  heady days, he said that Celtic Tiger wealth wasn’t sustainable or available to all. Addressing the conference theme “Between Memory and Hope”, in the ...

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‘Messenger’ in pink!

For the first time in The Messenger’s 121 year history its iconic red cover has been transposed to a flush of pink  because The Messenger magazine has taken the lead in supporting Action Breast Cancer during the month of October. To mark Breast Cancer Awareness month  the magazine  will  be donating 10% from all new postal subscriptions taken out in ...

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Marking Gonzaga’s maturity

In a year’s time Gonzaga College will be sixty years old.  On 4th October Fr. John Dardis, Jesuit Provincial, marked its maturity when he blessed and formally opened the college’s new buildings. A capacity crowd of parents filled the hall in a spirit of joy in the new building that provides space for education, for gathering, for hospitality and creativity. The ...

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Meetings matter!

“Eighty-five million meetings occur every day” according to Meetings Matter! by Brian Grogan SJ and Phyllis Brady: Veritas: 2009. Here is a practical, easy-to-use handbook on how to make the meetings in our lives more useful and painless. John Galbraith, in his book on the Great Crash, described the various reasons for meetings, including those whose function is to do ...

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Pioneers vowing and ploughing

The Pioneers’ Heroic Offering, first made 120 years ago by Fr James Cullen in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast,  drew hundreds of Pioneers to a jubilee Mass on the same spot. Cardinal Daly presided, Bishop Farquhar led the celebration, and Fr Raymond McCullagh preached. Across the Border, in Athy, hundreds more visited the Pioneer stand at the National Ploughing Championships, a ...

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Goodwill, trust and Europe

Edmond Grace SJ, who campaigned tirelessly for a ‘Yes’ vote on the Lisbon treaty, has written a brief reflection on the event and what it tells us about ourselves. “Last Saturday evening some hundreds of people gathered in a Dublin hotel to celebrate the ‘yes’ vote for Lisbon. These people were one small part of the ‘Ireland for Europe’ campaign ...

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School Mass

Opening Masses are a feature of the beginning of the school year in most Catholic schools. Frs Donal Neary (Belvedere and Kings’ Inn St) and William Reynolds (Gardiner St Primary School) celebrated opening Masses in the local schools. Such events are an important feature of the faith life of young people. For many, the school and parish are the main ...

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Hopkins where he died

There is still time to see a unique dramatisation of Gerard Manley Hopkins in Newman House. Go there at 7 p.m. on 6th or 7th October, and relish (rather than enjoy) “No Worst, there is none” (the title is from Hopkins’ desolate Sonnet 49). The young Irish company, the Stomach Box, uses the rooms and stairwells in which GMH spent ...

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JESUITICA: Superlative academic

When you read that Miquel Batllori i Munné SJ was awarded eleven honorary doctorates in one day, you could be tempted to think that he was an establishment figure who was never  “on the outside”. You’d be wrong. He was a solitary Jesuit protester after Franco’s bombing of Barcelona. His Jesuit superiors were uncomfortable with him, a brilliant Catalan who ...

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Short notices

Change at JCFJ: The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has a new Acting Director, Eoin Carroll. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ will still be working in the Centre, focusing on his current research and forthcoming book. Colaiste Iognáid (the Jes) has a staggering 19 players taking part in the schools interprovincial competion this weekend in Dublin, 3-4 Ocyober, 2009. There are ...

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