Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland’s 2015 Intercultural & Interfaith Calendar is now on sale. Published since 2007, the calendar is a fantastic resource for teachers and anyone wishing to celebrate and raise awareness of diversity in Ireland. The cost of each calendar is only €5 (+ post and postage) and the proceeds will go towards JRS projects in Ireland. There are also special offer prices of 5 calendars for €20 and 10 calendars for €35. Orders for additional copies can be made by emailing [email protected]
Religious feast days from different faiths, national days, international UN celebrations and bank holidays in the Republic of Ireland are all highlighted in the calendar. Each month is also accompanied by a quote to encourage reflection and greater understanding of diverse religious and cultural traditions. These quotes aim to increase intercultural and interfaith awareness, contributing to the development of an open, inclusive and dynamic Irish society in which all residents are valued, regardless of their nationality, religion or ethnic background.
In addition to the usual imagery showcasing the work of JRS Ireland, photographs highlighting some of the key issues associated with forced migration have also been included in this year’s calendar. JRS Ireland’s Policy & Advocacy Officer, David Moriarty urged how “it is now more important than ever to promote a greater understanding and acceptance of diversity”. David added “In addition to the usual imagery showcasing the work of JRS Ireland, photographs highlighting some of the key issues associated with forced migration have also been included in this year’s calendar.”
Meanwhile JRS are delighted at the tremendous generosity shown by the entire Jesuit community in support of the recent 2014 Christmas Toy Appeal. David Moriarty told Jesuit Communications that “over 400 children living in Direct Provision accommodation received a present on Christmas Day, which is a new record for JRS Ireland and thanks in no small part to the outpouring of support from throughout the Irish Province.”