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President’s fond farewell

At the Conferring ceremony of the Milltown Institute  on 20 October, when they called for the address by the Valedictorian, what stepped up to the podium was not your typically bright and nervous student facing a big public audience for the first time, but rather the best known figure in the country, and one of its most engaging talkers, President Mary ...

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Bridge-builder

Irish Jesuit Tom Casey, professor of philosophy at the Gregorian University, is also Director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Jewish Studies in Rome. The latest issue of the Centre’s Newsletter (published in Italian and English) gives a sense of Tom’s work on the links between Catholic and Jewish culture and faith.  He hosts a couple from USA, Peggy Hassett ...

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Induction in Kilkee

These happy faces on the beach in Kilkee, Co. Clare, belong to new teachers in Crescent College Comprehensive who are being inducted into its ethos by a two-day period of reflective practice, in company with the Headmaster, Nicky Cuddihy, and the school’s Director of Ethos, Dermot Cowhey. They coped with what is called the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and its twin ...

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Pioneers on the run

There were three runners representing the Pioneers in the Dublin City Marathon – the first such entry by the Association. Its CEO, Padraig Brady (pictured here in his running gear), led the team. Derry-based Harry McNulty, a  Pioneer Diocesan Treasurer  is a runner with 43 marathons under his belt. The third man was Paul O’Hare from Belfast, who has previously ...

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Short Notices

Fr Gerard Clarke SJ, National Director of JRS Rwanda, sends word about an online retreat, starting 1 November, offered by Jesuit Refugee Service USA, to give viewers another way to be in solidarity with the millions of refugees and displaced persons worldwide. Follow this link: http://www.jrsusa.org/Retreat. Mungret graduate John Noonan has been appointed bishop of Orlando, Florida at the age ...

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Sentimental journey

What started as a good one-off idea – let’s visit the old noviciate in Emo – has become an annual fixture, thanks to John Adams’ logistical skills and Conor Harper’s affection for the place and its late owner, Cholmeley Harrison (who, like the Jesuits, spent just over 39 years there). On 4 November a dozen staff from the Office of ...

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JESUITICA: The price of a Jesuit

Three hundred years ago, with Penal Laws at their stiffest in Ireland, the bishop of Kerry recorded the scale of rewards for priest-hunters. It was: £30 for a simple priest; £40 for a Vicar-General; £50 for a bishop; and £50 for a Jesuit. This inflated price reflected the Protestant ascendancy’s exaggerated fear of Jesuits, because of the Society’s  international network. ...

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Blessed Dominic remembered in Youghal

“It is not the suffering that makes the martyr but the cause” said Fr Barney McGuckian during the Blessed Dominic Collin’s Memorial Lecture in the parish hall of the  Holy Family Church, Youghal on Wednesday, October 27th. He was quoting St John of the Cross, a contemporary of Blessed Dominic, the Jesuit brother who was martyred in his home town on ...

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“Where the Hell is God?”

When Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard was studying theology and looking at issues such as God and suffering and the ethics of euthanasia, it was largely an academic exercise. When his young sister, a nurse working with the poor in India, was left paralysed in a car accident, those issues literally became matters of life and death for him.Where the Hell is ...

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Spirituality lectures in All Hallows

All Hallows College is holding a series of lectures on Contemporary Spirituality to mark the launch last August of its new MA in Applied Christian Spirituality. The lectures will be held on  Nov 9, 16, 23, 30 and Dec 7. The opening lecture will be given by Dr. Michael O’Sullivan SJ (pictured here), exploring the turn to spirituality in the academy and ...

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