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Teaching English to refugees

2007 Fourteen Clongowes Transition Year students and two teachers plan to use Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to assist local asylum seekers and refugees. They are a pilot group who completed an intensive 20 hour course last week and will work closely with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to provide language tuition. They are following the example of ...

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Irish academic fellowships

The Irish Jesuits are offering two academic fellowships at Milltown Institute in Theology, including Spirituality, and Philosophy. The fellowships offer full board and accommodation for one or two semesters, a stipend, office and computer facilities. Successful applicants will teach a postgraduate module and conduct a staff seminar. Applications and CVs to Fr. Noel Barber SJ, nbarber[at]jesuit.ie, Gonzaga College, Sandford Road, ...

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Further role for Finbarr

Finbarr Clancy SJ took up the role of acting president of Milltown Institute yesterday for an interim period until June 2008. Finbarr was previously appointed Rector of the Ecclesiastical faculty of the Institute in January of this year. Milltown grants civil and pontifical degrees, including doctorates, in Philosophy, Theology, Spirituality, Sacred Scripture and Pastoral Studies. Links: www.milltown-institute.ie

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Cranes over Clongowes

Clongowes has just commenced the first phase of construction for a new library. The second phase of building the internal structures will begin early next year. When completed in Autumn 2008, it will include areas for formal and informal study; reading, research and multi-media facilities and two peer tutor rooms for group study

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Rugby win for Jes

Rugby win for Jes 28 November 2007 Coláiste Iognáid SJ, “the Jes”, Senior rugby team won the Connacht Senior League, beating Marist College Athlone in the final, 17-8. The Galway city school scored three tries, versus one for the Athlone school, in an entertaining final at Garbally College, Ballinasloe. In addition, Coláiste Iognáid have won the Connacht Schools Senior Cup ...

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Ecumenism ‘for the ever greater glory of God’

November 8, 2007 Ecumenism ’for the ever greater glory of God’ Fr Arrupe’s Dublin visit in August 1971 by Michael Hurley SJ The highlights of Fr Arrupe’s visit in 1971 were, for me at least, 1) the opening dinner in his honour, 2) his address to the International Congress of Jesuit Ecumenists, 3) the Mass at which he presided, and 4) last but far from least, the luncheon given in his honour by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Alan Buchanan.The menu for the opening dinner, a copy of which I find in my papers, reminds us that entertainment throughout was provided by two Jesuit

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Why Mass should be called Mass, not Eucharist or Liturgy

Some Catholics tend to play down the term ‘Mass’ in favour of ‘Liturgy’ or ‘Eucharist’. Paul Andrews regrets this tendency. ‘Mass’, he argues, is more consonant with the culture of Catholics at large — and ultimately is more ecumenical. This is a dangerous operation. The last piece I wrote for AMDG led to a bombardment of the editor and the ...

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Democracy and Happiness – a good kind of warfare

Democracy and Happiness - a good kind of warfare by Edmond Grace SJ Appendix II: Warfare and Spirituality Peace cannot be sustained by the shrill denunciation of those who resort to armed violence and certainly not by a supercilious disregard of those who love military life. We place peace in danger if we underestimate the power of warfare to seduce young men, in particular, and if we fail to devise ways of overcoming that seduction. One does not have to agree with the pacifism of the English war veteran, Vera Brittain, to be moved by what she wrote in 1933 about the fascination which warfare can exert on those who take part in it: It

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The female face of AIDS

March 28, 2007 The female face of AIDS Women and HIV/AIDS in Africa by Michael Kelly SJ Excerpts from ’The Female Face of HIV and AIDS’, Annual Trócaire Lecture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in March 2007, by Michael Kelly SJ. Gender-Based Violence Violence against women is a major human rights problem that has special significance for HIV and AIDS. Violence in sexual encounters greatly increases the possibility of HIV transmission, both at the time of the assault and in subsequent life. This is the situation with numerous women and several children. Fear of subsequent violence also inhibits women from seeking HIV treatment and thereby leads to

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