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Titanic re-launch

Jesuit priest Fr Browne’s vow of obedience saved his life when, by telegram, his Provincial ordered him off the Titanic. But the gifted photographer still managed to get some wonderful shots of the ship and its passengers. And according to Eddie O’Donnell SJ (who found and restored his 42,000 photos), some of them helped to clarify what happened on that fateful night. ‎Messenger Publications is marking the centenary of the ...

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Blowing minds

When the association of bursars of religious institutions, some 150 of them, met for their annual conference in Emmaus Retreat House, they looked for something on the programme that would help them think outside the box of double-entry book-keeping, so they invited Milltown Rector Conall Ó Cuinn (his title: What colour is the cloud?) and Breda O’Brien (on: Simple as ...

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JESUITICA: a Jesuit geneticist

Last month the Portuguese Province buried Fr Luis Archer, a brilliant geneticist who had been a Jesuit for 64 years. He taught molecular genetics in 13 different universities, being distinguished with the National Award 2004 in Bioethics. He also published 250 scientific articles about bioethics and molecular genetics. In the critically important area of bioethics, the scientific community respected Father ...

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Short notices

A meeting of the Jesuit University Pastoral Care Europe (JUPC) will take place in Mount St. Joseph Retreat House, Malta, on 3-6 November.  The theme is: ‘Spirituality in Action: Chaplaincy in a Challenging Context’.  Irish Jesuit Leon Ó Gioláin (pictured here) will attend, while Fr. James Hanvey S.J. will facilitate in prayer, reflection and sharing on the socio-political and ecclesial ...

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On the airwaves

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, reporting for the Pat Kenny Show on RTE 1, paid a visit to Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick on Tuesday 18 Oct. In her ten-minute slot she enthused about the atmosphere of the school, the nutritious meals in the canteen, and the fact that they were available to all pupils, irrespective of their means. Listen here ...

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Marking Mission Sunday

The Star of the Sea parish Sandymount, which is twinned with the Jesuit parish of Matero, Lusaka, Zambia, received greetings and thanks from the local children in the parish and the  Zambian Provincial Emmanuel Mumba SJ, marking mission Sunday in the Church on Sunday 23 October. Parishoners had raised funds to build a school and enable the continuing education of ...

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Forthcoming Events

Thursday 3 November: 3 p.m. in Emo Court: annual Mass for all who have lived and worked in Emo. The house and grounds will be open, courtesy of OPW. All Jesuits and former Jesuits are particularly welcome. If you wish to attend, please contact Conor Harper SJ, Milltown Park (2180244) or John Adams SJ (087-2261029). Saturday 5 November: One-Day Lay ...

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‘Sixty years of service’

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin (pictured here listening to Br Eamon Davis SJ), recently launched a DVD and history booklet of The Belvedere Society of our Lady of Lourdes. The Society, founded by former pupil and Ireland rugby player Eugene Davy, celebrates ’60 Years of Service’ this year. Each September, 22 students travel to Lourdes for the first time ...

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President visits Clongowes

“Clongowes Wood College has given a very special form of education for over 200 years.” So said President Mary McAleese on her recent visit to the school in the closing days of her presidency, Friday 7 October. She praised the hard work of those who fund-raised to build the magnficent new sports hall where she addressed pupils and staff, telling ...

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Ring-side seat for Jesuit

Gerry Whelan SJ was recently appointed ecclesiastical assistant to the “World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations” (WUCWO) by the Vatican. His day job is teaching theology in the Gregorian University in Rome. WUCWO is comprised of almost 90 member organizations from more than 60 countries, representing more than five million women worldwide. “I am a kind of chaplain to the ...

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