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Gonzaga galaxy

This is the year that the Gonzaga class of 1972 (25 boys) came into its own, with an unusual range of services to the country.  Two of its lawyers  head respectively Ireland’s solicitors (who include three other class members) and its barristers. Their classmates include a Limerick farmer who is an activist (and Ph.D.) in environmental protection; a tree surgeon; an architect who is active in ...

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Forthcoming events

21 December: Advent prayer evening, Manresa, Dollymount, Dublin 3 at 7.30pm to 9pm. For further information, contact 01-8334352 22-24 December: Belvedere College annual sleep-out to raise money for the homeless. Locations: the GPO and College Green Christmas Masses in St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner St.: December 21: Reconciliation Service with Confessions at 7.30pm December 24: Christmas Eve (Day) 8.30am and ...

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Ravenstein review

This month, members of the four NW European Provinces met in Nijmegen despite wintry weather. Snow and ice prevented Liam O’Connell, John Humphreys and Alan McGuckian from leaving Dublin. Barney McGuckian’s flight was one of the few to make it into Amsterdam that Thursday. The meeting place was a former monastery of the ancient Windesheim order which grew out of ...

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Magis Ireland makes its mark

The Jesuit outreach to young adults, Magis Ireland, had a name change in 2010. According to the director, Padraig Swan, “We have had a great start to our life under the new banner, providing opportunities for many young adults to explore their faith and spirituality. The Advent retreat in Manresa was a real experience of peace and preparation for Christmas ...

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Fresh shoots at Manresa

Visitors to Manresa Jesuit Centre for Spirituality this year will have noticed the parking spaces filling up many nights. As well as the retreats, which remain an important focus, other new events have attracted large numbers. The Spiritual Exercises have been adapted by the Manresa team to suit a wider range of  lay people in particular. The training programme in Spiritual ...

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Short Notices

Three Jesuit-schooled lawyers are in the news. Geoffrey Shannon (pictured here), chairman of the new Adoption Authority was educated at Coláiste Iognáid, where, he says: “holding independent views was not merely allowed but encouraged”. Paul O’Higgins SC is the elected chairman of the Bar Council; and his classmate in Gonzaga, solicitor John Costello, is the new president of the Law Society. ...

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A pertinent question

Who are the ‘vulnerable’ in Ireland today? This is the question posed in the editorial of the latest issue of Working Notes, the Journal of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. This special edition focuses on the thirtieth anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service working with forcibly displaced persons and on the issues that affect this very vulnerable group. “There has ...

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JRS intercultural calendar

The ever-popular JRS Ireland Intercultural and Interfaith Calendar 2011 is available now. The calendar this year is aimed at raising awareness of diversity in Ireland. Each month it highlights religious feast days from different faiths, national days, international UN celebrations, and bank holidays in the Republic of Ireland. Each month is also themed with a JRS Ireland Integration Value. Underpinning each ...

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Students respond to Ricci

A huge variety of events were held worldwide to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Matteo Ricci, the unique Jesuit missionary to China. In Ireland we had the Ricci Mass and seminar with Antoni Üçerler SJ, and the poster designed by John White has now travelled the world. Also, the Jesuit Communication Centre made a schools pack available, and it was ...

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Parting from Declan

Declan Deane, who died in California on 12 December, had been an Irish Jesuit for over thirty years, before joining the diocese of Oakland. He is remembered with deep affection and regard by many friends, especially in N.Ireland, where he worked with the Irish School of Ecumenics.  His talents were multiple, often unexpected: a national champion at Scrabble, a passionate observer ...

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