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JESUITICA: Truth without fear or favour

A hundred years ago, Paddy Walsh was born in Rosmuc to an Irish-speaking family that frequently welcomed Padraic Pearse as a visitor. Paddy was the first Irish Jesuit missionary to “Northern Rhodesia”. He felt a natural sympathy with the leaders of the struggle for independence. When Kenneth Kaunda (pictured here) was imprisoned by the Colonials, Paddy drove his wife and ...

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Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 22 March: J.U.S.T. Ballymun are hosting a talk entitled  ‘Philosophy for Beginners’. It will be held in the Ballymun Job Centre at 7.30pm to 9pm. For further information visit www.justballymun.org Tuesday 22 March: The Pilgrim Road Series. The Ignatian Spiritual Journey will be held in Manresa.  Tel: 01-8331352 or visit www.manresa.ie Tuesday 22 March: Lenten Prayer Evening, facilitated prayer ...

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“Empathy is cheap”

“Caring is costly, empathy is cheap”, claims Fergus O’Donoghue SJ, in his editorial in the just-launched spring edition of the Jesuit Journal Studies, ‘Making Ireland a Caring Society’. Theodore Dalrymple, in his article An Englisman on the Irish Crisis, argues that as greed became the driving force in many countries, it wasn’t just bankers and politicians  who succumbed to opportunism ...

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Lent revisited

Presbyterian minister Katherine Myers spoke recently to Pat Coyle in an interview/podcast, part of the lenten series organised jointly by the Jesuit Communciation Centre and Brian O’Leary SJ, Province Delegate for Ecumenism. In her interview, she talks about the origins of the ambivalent attitude her church would have had to Lent and the  freedom they’ve found in recent years to ...

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Pseudo-ranking schools

The Sunday Times of 13 March ranked 400 Irish second-level schools on the proportion of their pupils who went on to university. Of course that is a poor measure of a school’s “success”, since it reflects also parental intelligence (which children inherit) and wealth. Still, in the absence of any less measurable but more important criterion (how would you measure the ...

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Talking to ‘terrorists’

Ray Helmick SJ from Boston gave the welcoming address at the Spirituality and Trauma international conference in the Europa Hotel, Belfast, 9-14 March. Elias Osmondo SJ from Kenya, Michael Bingham SJ, Alan McGuickian SJ, Terry Howard SJ,  and Frank Brady SJ, along with Padraig Swan, Director of Magis Ireland, also took part in the event which drew over two hundred ...

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Japanese inspiring

“It’s uplifting and beautiful to witness, as an Irishman, how the Japanese people are responding to the earthquake and tsunami disaster.” So says Donal Doyle SJ, superior of the Irish Jesuit community in Tokyo. Speaking to AMDG Express Tuesday 22 March, he explained how  “they have reacted with quiet dignity to the suffering inflicted on them, and without complaint are ...

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Trophies galore

For the first time ever, the Clongowes SCT won the Leinster Schools cup twice in a row, and did so with the second highest score ever recorded in a final (46-15 against Roscrea). For many years Clongowes held out against the allure of the Leinster Rugby Competitions. Inspired by the Ignatian prayer: Teach me to labour and not to seek reward, it saw competitions, cups ...

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Short Notices

The Jesuit archives in Leeson Street have been cared for by Fergus O’Donoghue SJ and a series of gifted assistants, all on one-year contracts. It brings joy to all who know him that the latest of these, Damien Burke from Cork, has been given a permanent contract. He is pictured here (left) with Fergus. Brendan McManus SJ, the first editor ...

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Frank Doyle, RIP

Frank Doyle, an Irish Jesuit priest of the Chinese Province, died on Saint Patrick’s Day 2011. After some years working in Ireland, Frank had returned to Asia in 2010, undertaking work as a spiritual director in Manila. For many years he wrote the Living Space commentaries –  reflections on readings and saints – on the Sacred Space website. His requiem and burial ...

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