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Facing the referendum

After Ireland’s No in the first Lisbon referendum, Mr Cowen won some special concessions from his European colleagues to secure a favourable vote second time round. In a gentle but pointed critique of that process, Frank Turner, a British Jesuit, comments: “To reward such bargaining might reasonably irritate countries who ratified quickly, and is, in the long term, a risky strategy. ...

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Thunder clouds over Lomarati

Writing from the Sudan in June, Richard O’Dwyer SJ described his first visit to Lomarati, a remote mountain location to which he had been invited to say Mass. He was stunned, he wrote, both by the glorious mountain scenery – “as green as Ireland!” – and by the warmth of the welcome he received from the people there. They had ...

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Jesuits teaching the teachers

It is 100 years since Tim Corcoran SJ was appointed the first professor of education in UCD. Speaking at the launch of the centenary celebrations last May, Prof. Sheelagh Drudy noted the pioneering work done by Fr Corcoran (both pictured here).  “He began the important work of professionalising teacher education in Ireland,” she remarked; “and he developed education in UCD ...

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Manresa hosts Kenyan orphans

For the second year running, Manresa has played host this summer to a group of HIV-positive orphans from Kenya. Sixteen children between the ages of 12 and 17 spent a fortnight in the European Tertianship building and were able to enjoy a wide range of activities during their stay, including boat trips, a visit to the climbing wall in Trinity ...

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Return of the Lisbon Treaty

In the first of a series of podcasts, Edmond Grace SJ argues earnestly that the Irish ought to vote Yes to Lisbon in the upcoming referendum. To vote against the treaty, in Edmond’s assessment, would be to have recourse to a narrow isolationism that sends out the wrong message to our European neighbours: “We cannot trust you, we cannot trust ...

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Spirituality in times of trauma

Michael O’Sullivan SJ delivered one of the papers at the second European Conference on the Academic Study of Spirituality, which took place last week in London. His paper – “Gender, Narrative and Authentic Spirituality” – was centred on a case study concerning a 12-year-old victim of incest by a 15-year-old brother. Michael teased out the consequences of such a trauma ...

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With refugees in Goma, Congo

Gerry Clarke SJ, coordinator of programmes for the Jesuit Refugee Service, Goma, recalls moments before the North of Ireland peace process when he thought the Northern conflict would go on forever.  The bombings and assassinations were reported daily, operations against the “terrorists” were intensified and the public turned to the sports pages in boredom.  It feels very much the same in North Kivu, ...

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Distance no object

Fr General recently expressed strong interest in setting up a studio in the Curia for video-conferencing. An excellent studio already exists in the Bellarmino in Rome, and on 30 July, the  in-coming Rector of the Bellarmino, Irish Jesuit Michael Paul Gallagher, is showing the potential of this approach at a seminar for Catholic educationalists. 600 of them will be gathered in Wellington, ...

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Sound sense

For the last two years a Czech-born sound artist has been working with the children of St Declan’s school, taking each class for half an hour a week. “I’m not teaching them anything. In fact, it’s the opposite. I’m creating a space where they can explore,” explains Kwi, whose gentle manner and passion about sound is palpable. Initially it sounds ...

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Moment of Grace

Farmleigh House was the venue for an event which Edmond Grace SJ, helped by Declan Kearney, Dee O’Donnell, Des O’Mahony and Michael Kenny, organised for the Conversation on Democracy in Ireland. In recent months, groups or Juries connected to four different Local Authorities (Cork City, Dublin City, Galway County and Louth County) have been meeting to reflect on their experience ...

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