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JRS responds to crisis in DR Congo

Though the ceasefire announced last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo appears to be still holding, all is far from well there. There continue to be many reports of the kidnapping, raping and killing of civilians, both by the rebels and by government troops. Refugee camps are fast filling up with people who fled from Goma and neighbouring towns ...

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Arriving in Goma

Gerry Clarke SJ has begun to take up his new duties, working for the Jesuit Refugee Centre in Goma, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His journey to Goma appears to have been smooth and enthralling. In a recent missive, he describes the last stage – coming suddenly upon the majestic volcanoes near the shores of the beautiful ...

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Personnel changes at Slí Eile

Gerry Clarke SJ is giving up his Slí Eile duties in order to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He leaves for Africa on 17 October. Gerry will be based in Goma, in eastern Congo, where the JRS works mainly at organising educational activities in camps for refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). While ...

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Second year for S. Africa Challenge

Gerry Clarke SJ is heading up this summer’s Slí Eile S. Africa Challenge, aimed mainly at graduating students from Jesuit Schools. The project, now in its second year, is based in a rural township of KwaZulu-Natal and involves the Irish volunteers building a community health clinic, and teaching basic computers skills and English. The first group of volunteers from Clongowes ...

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They won’t believe you’re coming until they see you

Gerrry Clarke looks back on an extraordinary fortnight at the Makoba Mission, South Africa, with a group from Belvedere and from Friends in Ireland. Their mission: to build the walls of a wash-house for children suffering from AIDS. Our mission was to raise the walls of a wash house for the children orphaned by AIDS at the Makoba Mission near ...

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Is that too much to pray for?

Gerry Clarke explains how a small group of young adults in Slí Eile have become determined to examine their faith without flinching at the big questions which life and the media throw at us. Bus shelters everywhere ask “does the Church deserve absolution?” And it’s the first question that jumped to mind when a small group of young people gathered ...

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Ferns: a pastoral response in a ministry to young adults

Last Sunday, Gerry Clarke presided at the Gospel Mass in Gardiner Street. He reflects here on how he approached the matter of the Ferns Report in the homily. Reading the Ferns Report is difficult and disturbing. As a pastoral minister with young adults I feel that the matters raised by the Report need to be faced head on rather than ...

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