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The General is coming

The new (well, not really new – he was elected in January 2008) Jesuit General, Fr Adolfo Nicolas, a cheerful and visionary Spaniard, will spend the weekend of 11-14 September in Ireland. It will not be a holiday, as readers can gather from the attached itinerary below. By the time he flies back to Rome on Monday 14th, after breakfasting ...

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JRS receives funding for African schools

The Jesuit Refugee Service is to receive nearly €250,000 from the Irish Ministry for Overseas Development, it was announced recently. The Minister of State, Peter Power, recently made the funding available for the building of schools for children displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). Read the JRS press release below. Last year the CAR was placed on ...

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Dark days in Sudan

Richard O’Dwyer SJ writes from Sudan to share the shock of Irish people at the kidnapping in Darfur of GOAL worker Sharon Commins and her Ugandan colleague. The people of Darfur have suffered terribly over the last number of years. The work of agencies like GOAL is vital to provide them with basic food and care. The motive of the kidnappers ...

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Cathal the priest

They came from North, South, East and West, led by an Inishowen bus full of Cathal’s kith and kin, to celebrate Cathal Doherty’s ordination to the priesthood in Gardiner Street. France and Austria were well represented on the altar. A phalanx of Irish Jesuits concelebrated from the aisle of the church, and at the central point of the ceremony, following ...

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Learning from refugees

Six Transition Year students from Gonzaga visited the JRS Ireland office on 28 May, as part of a two-day visitation programme to Jesuit works. Elizabeth O’Rourke provided an overview of JRS Ireland’s activities in the cause of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Eight asylum seekers (from Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Cameroon) met the boys to talk about their homeland, their ...

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Spirit Level

Gerry O’Hanlon, S.J., of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, appeared on Joe Duffy’s Spirit Level on RTE last Sunday morning, May 24th. Gerry was on a panel with Breda Power (Sunday Times columnist and broadcaster) and the Rev Stephen Neill, Church of Ireland Rector of Cloughjordan in Tipperary. The discussion, recorded the previous Sunday, focused on the inter-face ...

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Making one’s voice heard

Although it has been running for less than three months, the Studies Blog of Fergus O’Donoghue SJ has garnered considerable attention in the wider world. In this last week, both the Guardian and Reuters have quoted substantially from Fergus’ posts concerning the Ryan Report from the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. There has been, consequently, a marked increase in ...

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Running for Slí Eile

In a monumental effort to raise funds for Slí Eile, director Padraig Swan ran a grueling 56 kilometres in the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa in April. It took him a mere 5 hours, 40 minutes. And he doesn’t plan to stop there. He will run a further three marathons this year, hoping to add substantially to ...

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Grants for Africa

Murt Curry SJ and John Guiney SJ give a lot of time and care to preparing applications for funding for projects in Jesuit missions, mostly in Africa. They are happy enough that despite the recession, three of their recent five applications were successful. All that careful paperwork and negotiations will soon be translated into projects that will improve the life ...

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Taking to the hills

Martina Madden and Anne-Marie Connolly (Peter McVerry Trust fundraisers, pictured here) are taking on a charity challenge this October to raise money for homeless services in Dublin. They are going to trek across Morocco for five days, with the summit of Mount Toubkal as their goal. Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa – more than 4,000 metres ...

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