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Canon of Shyogwe

AMDG Express inflitrated the Synod of Dublin and Glendalough to get this picture of a now-familiar face, Ken Rue, financial director of the Messenger. Ken is studying for ministry in the Church of Ireland, and is a Canon of Shyogwe in Rwanda, which gives him a special link with his pictured companion: Fidele, Rwandan by birth but for many years ...

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Making news

Three Jesuits were in the national news last week. John Dardis, on RTE’s News at One, talked to Sean O’Rourke about the two Jesuits murdered in Moscow. Edmond Grace has held his line in an exchange of letters to the Irish Times. Richard Leonard (pictured right) from Australia gave radio interviews on the dangers of internet addiction, to Newstalk and ...

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Belvedere remembers the Armistice

On 9th November at 10 a.m. in the Belvedere College Chapel, Fr Derek Cassidy SJ will celebrate a Mass to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, and to remember the 47 former pupils and two teachers from Belvedere who lost their lives in the First World War: to be broadcast live on RTE radio. Some Transition Year students ...

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Jim Hayes SJ

AMDG Express has saluted two of the Irish Jesuits working in Britain: Kieran Barry-Ryan and (post-humously) Jack Donovan. Jack’s near-contemporary, Jim Hayes, is living in Liverpool, but for many years he has hardly featured on the horizons of Province activities despite a remarkably active priestly life. The photo shows Jim with his ordination class. Click on ‘Read more’ below for ...

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Peter Hannan on the Holy Spirit

Since he returned from the Zambian mission, Peter Hannan SJ has been living a special sort of life in Manresa, rising in the very small hours, studying, writing and praying until the dawn, gardening in the grounds of Manresa, and working steadily at his books. His latest is called A World Alight with Splendour and is about the Holy Spirit. ...

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Two Jesuits murdered in Moscow

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of two Jesuits who were murdered in Moscow yesterday, 28 October. Otto Messmer, aged 46, a Russian national and the Regional Superior (left in picture), and Victor Betancourt, aged 42, an Ecuadoran who has been based in Russia since 2000 and did his Tertianship in Dublin in 2006-7 (right in ...

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Naomh Pól i mBéal Feirste

The Year of St Paul is getting special treatment as Gaeilge in Belfast. Alan McGuckian’s weekly Seminars in Cultúlann MacAdam Ó Fiaich on the Falls Road are all given over to St. Paul and his letters. (Every Thursday night at 7.00pm). Belfast Gaels find themselves inspired and shocked in equal measure by the zeal of Paul both before and after ...

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So you can’t forgive?

Brian Lennon has just completed a book, So You Can’t Forgive…? Moving Towards Freedom, which he hopes will be published in the New Year. It is based on his experience of working with people who have suffered in the Northern Ireland conflict, although the examples he uses are more general. Most people think the Christian message is all about reconciliation. ...

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Madrid Summit

Twelve new Provincials were among those who gathered with John Dardis just outside Madrid for the annual meeting of the European Provincials. Ireland makes a big contribution through Dermot O’Connor as Assistant to the President of the Conference, through Brendan McPartlin who is European Social delegate and through Joe Dargan and Jan van de Poll who run the Tertianship based ...

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SJ alumni in Vienna

The Irish Jesuits, though they run six schools, have no Federation of graduates. However two Irishmen, Michael Sheil SJ and Dr Ray Murphy (respectively the Past President and the incoming President of the Clongowes Union) attended the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni/ae, meeting in Pallottihaus, Vienna, (pictured) this month. They reported on the Sli Eile project in KwaZuluNatal, which engages each ...

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