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Tag Archives: 20100112

John Dardis SJ appointed head of CEP

John Dardis SJ has been appointed president of the Conference of European Provincials and will take up his post at the end of October. He has been Provincial of Ireland since 2004 and will finish in that post on July 31st this year. ‘I am very happy to be given this new mission,’ said John. ‘It is a critical time ...

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Cecil McGarry SJ Memorial Fund

The Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus has established a memorial fund to honour the life and memory of Fr Cecil McGarry SJ. Cecil, who died in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2009, was an Irish Jesuit who dedicated more than twenty-five years of his life to Africa. Initially he worked with African Jesuits, but later he collaborated a ...

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JRS calendar available for 2010

JRS Ireland’s Intercultural and Interfaith Calendar 2010 is available now. Aimed at raising awareness of diversity in Ireland, it marks the feast days of many faiths as well as national days, international days, and bank holidays throughout the year. A brief guide to the faiths referred to is also provided. On top of this, each monthly page in the calendar ...

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Pioneering efforts in South Africa

Mayo man and active Pioneer Muredach Tuffy recently returned from South Africa where he was  building homes for – and links with – the people of South Africa. Muredach, a volunteer with the Niall Mellon Township Trust, was one of the 950 volunteers on the November 2009 Building Blitz. While there, he held a meeting with South African members from ...

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Where four Provinces meet…

A group of 18 Jesuits, mainly in formation, met in Manresa, Dublin, from 28-31 December 2009 to discuss and discern possible Inter-Provincial collaboration between British, Irish, Dutch and Flanders provinces. The meeting was hosted by Irish formation delegate Kevin O’Rourke SJ. North West European collaboration delegate Tom Leyden SJ and British Provincial Michael Holman SJ gave the input on the ...

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The cause of Mary Ward

The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto sisters) were given great cause to celebrate on 19 December last when Pope Benedict declared their foundress, Mary Ward, ‘Venerable’. This is the first step towards canonisation, and it was a cause of extra jubilation that the decree should have been promulgated during the 400th anniversary of Mary Ward’s founding grace. When ...

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Film review: A Serious Man

(Film review of Joel and Ethan Coen’s recent movie, A Serious Man, by Brendan Staunton SJ.) A Serious Man is a serious film, raising serious questions. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do the innocent suffer? How discern a good from an evil spirit? If these issues remind you of Job in the Old Testament, you are ...

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Strong finish to 2009 for JRS Ireland

Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland has extended a “huge thank-you” to all those who made donations to its Christmas Toy Appeal. With their help, the JRS was able to distribute presents to 50 children of asylum seekers living in hostels in Dublin city and county. A number of other end-of-year initiatives went equally well, including a Christmas celebration for the Clondalkin ...

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JESUITICA: Voltaire’s education

Even though he was an inveterate opponent of the Catholic Church, to the end of his days Voltaire felt deep gratitude to the Jesuits who had educated him. He never stopped insisting that the Church was the enemy of progress and sought to “keep people as ignorant and submissive as children”; and yet he waxed lyrical about the profound and ...

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Short notices

Peter McVerry appeared on Joe Duffy’s Spirit Level on RTE 1, one of three guests invited to present a “20-20 vision for Ireland” coming into the new year. He spoke of how Ireland is going through ont only an economic crisis but also a ‘crisis of values’. See programme on RTE Player (go to 21:30). Your prayers are asked for ...

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