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4-day Summer Retreat

‘Joyful Faith!’ is a 4-day Summer Retreat taking place at Manresa, Jesuit Centre of Spirituality from 14-19 August. Preaching in troubled El Salvador in 1980, Oscar Romero proclaimed, “God is not a God of sadness but a God of celebrations and feasts, a God of happiness. Therefore in the heart of people who have faith there is no room for ...

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Remembering Ron Darwen SJ

On Thursday, January 29th, Jim Culliton SJ and Brendan Comerford SJ, attended the funeral Mass of the late Ron Darwen SJ in Preston, Lancashire, England. Both Jim and Brendan had been former tertians of Ron’s.

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Mercy abounds at ‘Retreats Ireland’

Piaras Jackson SJ and Brendan Comerford SJ of the Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality unexpectedly gave the keynote addresses at the annual Retreats Ireland gathering in Dromantine, Co. Down, Jan 17-18, on behalf of Michael Paul Gallagher.

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Exploring Ignatius the mystic

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Ignatius the Mystic & Mysticism Today was the theme of a seminar given by Brian O'Leary SJ in Manresa Spirituality Centre on Friday and Saturday 2-3 May. This conference was built around four lectures...

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Training Galway’s new spiritual directors

Eileen Houlihan from Milltown Institute visited the Diploma in Spiritual Direction course running in Galway last weekend 12-13 April. In her capacity as external examiner, she met the Manresa organising team of Angela Higgins IBVM, John Humphreys SJ and Brendan Comerford SJ. She also met the 13 canditates, taking time to examine their verbatims, reflections and book reviews. The two-year ...

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Reflecting on the season of Advent

December 1, 2006 Reflecting on the season of Advent by Brendan Comerford SJ Origins and development of Advent (1) When the feast of the nativity of the Lord was introduced to Rome in the early years of the 4th century, it was celebrated as a simple memorial and was not preceded by a period of preparation. It was not until the middle of the 6th century, by which time Christmas had become a major solemnity almost on a par with Easter, that the Roman Advent made its appearance. It was outside of Rome, especially in Spain and Gaul, that the earliest form of Advent appears. The Council of Saragossa in Spain in 380

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